quote by Alexander Fleming

Penicillin sat on a shelf for ten years while I was called a quack.

— Alexander Fleming

Revolutionary Shelf quotations

I get lots of awards for being mentally ill.

Apparently, I am better at being mentally ill than almost anything else I've ever done. Seriously - I have a shelf of awards for being bipolar.

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A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition.

The Christian faith does not call for us to put our minds on the shelf, to fly in the face of common sense and history, or to make a leap of faith into the dark. The rational person, fully apprised of the evidence, can confidently believe.

Automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.


So I think there is one rule every host and hostess ought to keep with the comb and nail file and bicarbonate and aromatic spirits on a handy shelf, Which is don't spoil the denouement by telling the guests everything is terrible, but let them have the thrill of finding it out for themselves.

There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.

In no way am I demeaning writing or any other form of art because it's popular.

What I'm saying is that anything fed into the industrial machinery to comply with rules of size and length and shelf-life has a hard time surviving as art.

And the whole Oscar thing, that is just surreal: you spend months and months doing promotion, and then come back to reality with this golden thing in your hands. You put it in the office and then you just have to look at it sitting on the shelf. And, after about two weeks, you go: 'What is that doing there?'

It's easy for Americans to forget that the food they eat doesn't magically appear on a supermarket shelf.


A few more days, and this essay will follow the Defensio Populi to the dust and silence of the upper shelf... For a month or two it will occupy a few minutes of chat in every drawing-room, and a few columns in every magazine; and it will then be withdrawn, to make room for the forthcoming novelties.

I don't mind if my skull ends up on a shelf as long as it's got my name on it.

Never trust anyone whose TV is bigger than their book shelf

I'm not interested in creating a book that is read once and then placed on the shelf and forgotten. I am very happy when people have worn out my books, or that they're held together by Scotch tape.

Of course anyone who truly loves books buys more of them than he or she can hope to read in one fleeting lifetime. A good book, resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper.


A civilization without retail bookstores is unimaginable.

Like shrines and other sacred meeting places, bookstores are essential artifacts of human nature. The feel of a book taken from the shelf and held in the hand is a magical experience, linking writer to reader.

The reason 99% of all stories written are not bought by editors is very simple.

Editors never buy manuscripts that are left on the closet shelf at home.

A scientist who is also a human being cannot rest while knowledge which might be used to reduce suffering rests on the shelf.

Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana.

The shelf life of the average trade book is somewhere between milk and yogurt.


Man hands on misery to man. It deepens like a coastal shelf. Get out as early as you can, and don't have any kids yourself.

Brotherhood doesn't come in a package.

It is not a commodity to be taken down from the shelf with one hand - it is an accomplishment of soul-searching, prayer and perseverance.

Technology has the shelf life of a banana.

The day Metallica's over, i'm not going to put an ad looking for another band.

I'll put my drumsticks on the shelf and there's 14 other things I wanna try. Metallica's the only band I've ever been and it's the only I ever wanna be in.

Every generation tries to put its doctrine on a high shelf where the children can not reach it.


if I wait to be perfect before I love myself I will always be unsatisfied and ungrateful if I wait until all the flaws, chips, and cracks disappear I will be the cup that stands on the shelf and is never used

I am standing like shoe polish on an overstocked shelf hoping that one day someone will pick me to make things better.

I have the heart of a child. I keep it in a jar on my shelf.

In our household, the Bible, the Koran and the Bhagavad Gita sat on the shelf alongside books of Greek and Norse and African mythology

Words people say not only have a shelf life but have the ability to shape life.


No one who can read, ever looks at a book, even unopened on a shelf, like one who cannot.

Keep playing games. Make time to play games with your friends and family, because it's surprisingly heartbreaking to wipe a thin layer of dust off a game you love, before you put it back on the shelf because the real world is calling you.

If you want to live a top shelf life then you need to stand on the books you have read. Never stop learning, never stop growing.

When it comes to religion, we're not two sides of the same coin, and you don't get to put your unreason up on the same shelf with my reason. Your stuff has to go over there, on the shelf with Zeus and Thor and the Kraken, with the stuff that is not evidence-based, stuff that religious people never change their mind about, no matter what happens.

I always show love to the local record stores because they actually listen to me... They know the songs on my cds. They look like me, straight out the hood. They know whats hot and what is on they shelf.