Above all, don’t fear difficult moments. The best comes from them

— Rita Levi-Montalcini

The most cheerful Rita Levi-Montalcini quotes you will be delighted to read

Find first peace within yourself. Don't eat too much. Keep your brain active. Love.


At 20, I realized that I could not possibly adjust to a feminine role as conceived by my father and asked him permission to engage in a professional career. In eight months I filled my gaps in Latin, Greek and mathematics, graduated from high school, and entered medical school in Turin.


It is imperfection - not perfection - that is the end result of the program written into that formidably complex engine that is the human brain, and of the influences exerted upon us by the environment and whoever takes care of us during the long years of our physical, psychological and intellectual development.


You've been thinking about something without willing to for a long time.

..Then, all of a sudden, the problem is opened to you in a flash and you suddenly see the answer.


I say to the young, be happy that you were born in Italy because of the beauty of the human capital, both masculine and feminine, of this country... No other country has such human capital.


As for the presence of large NGF [nerve growth factor] sources in snake venom and male genital organs, they may be conceived as instances of bizarre evolutionary gene expression.


The process for awarding Nobel prizes is so complex that it cannot be corrupted.


I should thank Mussolini for having declared me to be of an inferior race.

This led me to the joy of working, not any more unfortunately, in university institutes but in a bedroom.


My experience in childhood and adolescence of the subordinate role played by the female in a society run entirely by men had convinced me that I was not cut out to be a wife.


The body does whatever it wants. I am not my body; I am my mind.


My life has been enriched by excellent human relations, work and interests.

I have never felt lonely.


If I die tomorrow or in a year, it is the same — it is the message you leave behind you that counts.


About Rita Levi-Montalcini

Quotes 20 sayings
Profession Scientist
Birthday April 22, 1909

It's not enough what I did in the past - there is also the future.


At 100, I have a mind that is superior - thanks to experience - than when I was 20.


Babies did not attract me, and I was altogether without the maternal sense so highly developed in small and adolescent girls.


The instruments, glassware, and chemical reagents necessary for my project were the same as my 19th-century predecessors had.


I told Mother of my decision to study medicine.

She encouraged me to speak to Father... I began in a roundabout way... He listened, looking at me with that serious and penetrating gaze of his that caused me such trepidation, and asked whether I knew what I wanted to do.


I tell young people: Do not think of yourself, think of others.

Think of the future that awaits you, think about what you can do and do not fear anything.


A child from the age of 2 or 3 absorbs what is in the environment and what generates hatred for anyone perceived to be different.