You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.

— Linus Pauling

The most unique Linus Pauling quotes that will activate your inner potential

Do not let either the medical authorities or the politicians mislead you.

Find out what the facts are, and make your own decisions about how to live a happy life and how to work for a better world.


The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.


Optimum nutrition is the medicine of tomorrow.


By the proper intakes of vitamins and other nutrients and by following a few other healthful practices from youth or middle age on, you can, I believe, extend your life and years of well-being by twenty-five or even thirty-five years.


Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life.


Everyone should know that most cancer research is largely a fraud, and that the major cancer research organizations are derelict in their duties to the people who support them.


Every ailment, every sickness and every disease can be traced back to An organic trace mineral deficiency


I have something that I call my Golden Rule.

It goes something like this: 'Do unto others twenty-five percent better than you expect them to do unto you.' … The twenty-five percent is for error.


Life ... is a relationship between molecules.


Every aspect of the world today - even politics and international relations - is affected by chemistry.


If you take a reasonable amount of vitamin C regularly, the incidence of the common cold goes down. If you get a cold and start immediately, as soon as you start sneezing and sniffling, the cold just doesn't get going.


Do unto others 20% better than you would expect them to do unto you, to correct for subjective error.


About Linus Pauling

Quotes 68 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Scientist
Birthday October 16

I think every person should be able to enjoy life.

Try to decide what you most enjoy doing, and then look around to see if there is a job for which you could prepare yourself that would enable you to continue having this sort of joy.


No evidence compels the conclusion that the minimum required intake of any vitamin comes close to the optimum intake that sustains good health.


Humanism is a philosophy of joyous service for the greater good of all humanity, of application of new ideas of scientific progress for the benefit of all.


Although physicians, as part of their training, are taught that the dosage of a drug that is prescribed for the patient must be very carefully determined and controlled, they seem to have difficulty in remembering that the same principle applies to the vitamins.


In teaching, you do not want to COVER things, you want to UNCOVER them.

The best way to get good ideas is to have lots of ideas.


Men will gather knowledge no matter what the consequences.

Science will go on whether we are pessimistic or optimistic, as I am. More interesting discoveries than we can imagine will be made, and I am awaiting them, full of curiosity and enthusiasm.


Science is the search for truth - it is not a game in which one tries to beat his opponent, to do harm to others.


I believe that you can, by taking some simple and inexpensive measures, extend your life and your years of well-being. My most important recommendation is that you take vitamins every day in optimun amounts, to supplement the vitamins you receive in your food.


Science is the search for truth, that is the effort to understand the world: it involves the rejection of bias, of dogma, of revelation, but not the rejection of morality.


Just one living cell in the human body is, more complex than New York City.


Heisenberg has discussed the coupled double harmonic oscillator, and has shown that the ordinary rules of quantization lead to two non-combining sets of states in one of which the electrons are in phase and out of phase. The energy of the system is successively transferred from one to the other - resonance!


I think that the formation of [DNA's] structure by Watson and Crick may turn out to be the greatest developments in the field of molecular genetics in recent years.


I made use of the college library by borrowing books other than scientific books, such as all of the plays by George Bernard Shaw, the writing of Edgar Allan Poe. The college library helped me to develop a broader aspect on life.


Man's great power of thinking, remembering, and communicating are responsible for the evolution of civilization.


[Professor Pauling] confesses that he had harboured the feeling that sooner or later he would be the one to get the DNA structure; and although he was pleased with the double-helix, he 'rather wished the idea had been his'.


I believe that there is a greater power in the world than the evil power of military force, of nuclear bombs -- there is the power of good, of morality, of humanitarianism.


There is no safe amount of radiation. Even small amounts do harm.


I like people. I like animals, too-whales and quail, dinosaurs and dodos. But I like human beings especially, and I am unhappy that the pool of human germ plasm, which determines the nature of the human race, is deteriorating.


There is no area of the world that should not be investigated by scientists.

There will always remain some questions that have not been answered. In general, these are the questions that have not yet been posed.


It will be possible, through the detailed determination of amino-acid sequences of hemoglobin molecules and of other molecules too, to obtain much information about the course of the evolutionary process, and to illuminate the question of the origin of species.


Everyone should know that the 'war on cancer' is largely a fraud.


I recognize that many physicists are smarter than I am-most of them theoretical physicists. A lot of smart people have gone into theoretical physics, therefore the field is extremely competitive. I console myself with the thought that although they may be smarter and may be deeper thinkers than I am, I have broader interests than they have.


Science is the search for truth.


Only when I began studying chemical engineering at Oregon Agricultural College did I realize that I myself might discover something new about the nature of the world.


It has been recognized that hydrogen bonds restrain protein molecules to their native configurations, and I believe that as the methods of structural chemistry are further applied to physiological problems it will be found that the significance of the hydrogen bond for physiology is greater than that of any other single structural feature.


The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.


..The truly fraudulent claims must be discarded. But novel methods of therapy should not be rejected because they are novel, or because they run counter to some generally accepted belief ("which may just be biased"), or because we do not understand the mechanism of the proposed treatment, or because it has come from an unconventional source.


The problem of an atomic war must not be confused by minor problems such as Communism versus capitalism. An atomic war would kill everyone, left, right, or center.


It was obvious-to me at any rate-that the answer was to why an enzyme is able to speed up a chemical reaction by as much as 10 million times. It had to do this by lowering the energy of activation-the energy of forming the activated complex. It could do this by forming strong bonds with the activated complex, but only weak bonds with the reactants or products.


Facts are the air of scientists. Without them you can never fly.


[Instead of collecting stamps, he collected dictionaries and encyclopaedias:] Because you can learn more from them.


...It would be possible to make much more progress than has been made if the NCI knew its job better, knew how to make discoveries...The NCI really does not know how to make discoveries....So long as the NCI is not willing to follow up ideas that seem good to people who have had experience making discoveries, the work of the NCI is going to be pedestrian.


We must have research for peace ... It would embrace the outstanding problems of morality. The time has come for man's intellect, his scientific method, to win over the immoral brutality and irrationality of war and militarism ... Now we are forced to eliminate from the world forever this vestige of prehistoric barbarism, this curse to the human race.


We may say that life has borrowed from inanimate processes the same basic mechanism used in producing those striking structures that are crystals, with their beautiful plane faces.


I have always wanted to know as much as possible about the world.


If you want to have good ideas you must have many ideas.


You can't have good ideas unless you have lots of ideas.