51 Marie Curie Quotes About Fear, Science, Feminism, Life

Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, in Physics, and with her later win, in Chemistry, she became the first person to claim Nobel honors twice. Her efforts with her husband Pierre led to the discovery of polonium and radium, and she championed the development of X-rays. These Marie Curie quotes will motivate you.

Best Marie Curie Quotes

  1. “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fearless.” ~ Marie Curie
  2. “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” ~ Marie Curie, Marie Curie quotes on life
  3. “Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.” ~ Marie Curie
  4. “First principle: never to let one’s self be beaten down by persons or by events.” ~ Marie Curie

  5. “You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for our own improvement, and at the same time share a genaral responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think can be most useful.” ~ Marie Curie
  6. “I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.” ~ Marie Curie
  7. “Nothing in this world is to be feared… only understood.” ~ Marie Curie
  8. “We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.” ~ Marie Curie

  9. “We must not forget that when radium was discovered no one knew that it would prove useful in hospitals. The work was one of pure science. And this is a proof that scientific work must not be considered from the point of view of the direct usefulness of it. It must be done for itself, for the beauty of science, and then there is always the chance that a scientific discovery may become like the radium a benefit for humanity.” ~ Marie Curie
  10. “A scientist in his laboratory is not a mere technician: he is also a child confronting natural phenomena that impress him as though they were fairy tales.” ~ Marie Curie
  11. “Each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity.” ~ Marie Curie
  12. “All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child.” ~ Marie Curie

  13. “I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy.” ~ Marie Curie
  14. “Now is the time to understand more, so we fearless.” ~ Marie Curie, Marie Curie quotes on fear
  15. “You can only analyze the data you
    have. Be strategic about what to
    gather and how to store it” ~ Marie Curie
  16. “Stability can only be attained by inactive matter.” ~ Marie Curie

  17. “The older one gets, the more one feels that the present must be enjoyed; it is a precious gift, comparable to a state of grace” ~ Marie Curie
  18. “I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale. We should not allow it to be believed that all scientific progress can be reduced to mechanisms, machines, gearings, even though such machinery has its own beauty.” ~ Marie Curie, Marie Curie quotes on science
  19. “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.” ~ Marie Curie
  20. “It’s always good to marry your best friend.” ~ Marie Curie

  21. “I am among those who think that science has great beauty.” ~ Marie Curie
  22. “Humanity needs practical men, who get the most out of their work, and, without forgetting the general good, safeguard their own interests. But humanity also needs dreamers, for whom the disinterested development of an enterprise is so captivating that it becomes impossible for them to devote their care to their own material profit.” ~ Marie Curie
  23. “Sometimes my courage fails me and I think I ought to stop working, live in the country and devote myself to gardening. But I am held by a thousand bonds, and I don’t know when I shall be able to arrange things otherwise. Nor do I know whether, even by writing scientific books, I could live without the laboratory.” ~ Marie Curie
  24. “It was like a new world opened to me, the world of science, which I was at last permitted to know in all liberty.” ~ Marie Curie

  25. “I have frequently been questioned, especially by women, of how I could reconcile family life with a scientific career. Well, it has not been easy.” ~ Marie Curie
  26. “Just remember you will find that one special love that you know is right but for some reason just doesn’t last” ~ Marie Curie
  27. “It is my earnest desire that some of you should carry on this scientific work and keep for your ambition the determination to make a permanent contribution to science.” ~ Marie Curie
  28. “I am one of those who think like Nobel, that humanity will draw more good than evil from new discoveries.” ~ Marie Curie

  29. “We must not forget that when radium was discovered no one knew that it would prove useful in hospitals.” ~ Marie Curie
  30. “Pierre Curie voluntarily exposed his arm to the action of radium for several hours. This resulted in damage resembling a burn that developed progressively and required several months to heal. Henri Becquerel had by accident a similar burn as a result of carrying in his vest pocket a glass tube containing radium salt. He came to tell us of this evil effect of radium, exclaiming in a manner at once delighted and annoyed: “I love it, but I owe it a grudge.”” ~ Marie Curie
  31. “I have the best husband one could dream of; I could never have imagined finding one like him. He is a true gift of heaven, and the more we live together the more we love each other.” ~ Marie Curie
  32. “After all, science is essentially international, and it is only through lack of the historical sense that national qualities have been attributed to it.” ~ Marie Curie
  33. “In science, we must be interested in things, not in persons.” ~ Marie Curie

  34. “I shall devote only a few lines to the expression of my belief in the importance of science … it is by this daily striving after the knowledge that man has raised himself to the unique position he occupies on earth, and that his power and well-being have continually increased.” ~ Marie Curie
  35. “I was taught the method for advancement is not quick or simple.” ~ Marie Curie
  36. “Life is not easy for any of us.” ~ Marie Curie
  37. “More and more, I feel the need for a house and a garden.” ~ Marie Curie

  38. “If it takes a hundred years, it will be a pity, but I will not cease to work for it as long as I live.” ~ Marie Curie
  39. “When one studies strongly radioactive substances special precautions must be taken if one wishes to be able to take delicate measurements. The various objects used in a chemical laboratory and those used in a chemical laboratory, and those which serve for experiments in physics, become radioactive in a short time and act upon photographic plates through black paper. Dust, the air of the room, and one’s clothes all become radioactive.” ~ Marie Curie
  40. “I have no dress except the one I wear every day. If you are going to be kind enough to give me one, please let it be practical and dark so that I can put it on afterward to go to the laboratory.” ~ Marie Curie
  41. “Radium is not to enrich anyone. It is an element; it is for all people.” ~ Marie Curie

  42. “There are sadistic scientists who hurry to hunt down errors instead of establishing the truth.” ~ Marie Curie
  43. “I believe international work is a heavy task, but that it is nevertheless indispensable to go through an apprenticeship in it, at the cost of many efforts and also of a real spirit of sacrifice: however imperfect it may be, the work of Geneva has a grandeur that deserves our support.” ~ Marie Curie
  44. “Certain bodies… become luminous when heated. Their luminosity disappears after some time, but the capacity of becoming luminous afresh through heat is restored to them by the action of a spark, and also by the action of radium.” ~ Marie Curie
  45. “Scientist believe in things, not in person” ~ Marie Curie

  46. “When one studies strongly radioactive substances special precautions must be taken. Dust, the air of the room, and one’s clothes, all become radioactive.” ~ Marie Curie
  47. “The various reasons which we have enumerated lead us to believe that the new radioactive substance contains a new element which we propose to give the name of radium.” ~ Marie Curie
  48. “We believe the substance we have extracted from pitchblende contains a metal not yet observed, related to bismuth by its analytical properties. If the existence of this new metal is confirmed we propose to call it polonium, from the name of the original country of one of us.” ~ Marie Curie
  49. “This means that we have here an entirely separate kind of chemistry for which the current tool we use is the electrometer, not the balance, and which we might well call the chemistry of the imponderable.” ~ Marie Curie
  50. “My husband and I were so closely united by our affection and the common work that we passed nearly all of our time together.” ~ Marie Curie
  51. “The sensitive plate, the gas which is ionized, the fluorescent screen, are in reality receivers, into another kind of energy, chemical energy, ionic energy… luminous energy.” ~ Marie Curie

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