Marie Skłodowska-Curie (7 November 1867 – 4 July 1934) was a Polish physicist and chemist, working mainly in France, who is famous for her pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the only woman to win in two fields, and the only person to win in multiple sciences. She was also the first female professor at the University of Paris (La Sorbonne), and in 1995 became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in Paris’ Panthéon.
1. NOTHING IN LIFE IS TO BE FEARED. IT IS ONLY TO BE UNDERSTOOD.
2. ONE NEVER NOTICES WHAT HAS BEEN DONE; ONE CAN ONLY SEE WHAT REMAINS TO BE DONE.
3. NOTHING IN LIFE IS TO BE FEARED, IT IS ONLY TO BE UNDERSTOOD. NOW IS THE TIME TO UNDERSTAND MORE, SO THAT WE MAY FEAR LESS.
4. I NEVER SEE WHAT HAS BEEN DONE; I ONLY SEE WHAT REMAINS TO BE DONE.
5. ALL MY LIFE THROUGH, THE NEW SIGHTS OF NATURE MADE ME REJOICE LIKE A CHILD.
6. BE LESS CURIOUS ABOUT PEOPLE AND MORE CURIOUS ABOUT IDEAS.
7. WE MUST BELIEVE THAT WE ARE GIFTED FOR SOMETHING, AND THAT THIS THING, AT WHATEVER COST, MUST BE ATTAINED.
8. I AM ONE OF THOSE WHO THINK LIKE NOBEL, THAN HUMANITY WILL DRAW MORE GOOD THAN EVIL FROM NEW DISCOVERIES.
9. 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.
10. AFTER ALL, SCIENCE IS ESSENTIALLY INTERNATIONAL, AND IT IS ONLY THROUGH LACK OF THE HISTORICAL SENSE THAT NATIONAL QUALITIES HAVE BEEN ATTRIBUTED TO IT.
11. THERE ARE SADISTIC SCIENTISTS WHO HURRY TO HUNT DOWN ERRORS INSTEAD OF ESTABLISHING THE TRUTH.
12. 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.
13. I WAS TAUGHT THAT THE WAY OF PROGRESS WAS NEITHER SWIFT NOR EASY.
14. IN SCIENCE, WE MUST BE INTERESTED IN THINGS, NOT IN PERSONS.
15. WE MUST ACT.