Irene Joliot-Curie quotes

  • Growing up my mother played Sarah Vaughan and Nat Cole in the house regularly.

  • I wanted to live. For the father and brother who I never knew and for my mother who was cheated of a life of happiness. I wanted to live for them. And I wanted to live for me.

  • Brains first and then Hard Work.

  • It's been a straight strip, I must tell you, I've enjoyed it all the way. If I'm saying things to make it sound like it's hard, hard work, it's not. It's beautiful work. It's fun work. It's everything you'd ever want to do.

  • Nothing so soon the drooping spirits can raise As praises from the men, whom all men praise.

  • The powers of nature are never in repose; her work never stands still.

  • I'm fiercely independent, but I'm also terrified of being alone.

  • From first to last it is a dish of rank materialism cleverly cooked up ... . And why is this done? For no other reason, I am sure, except to make us independent of a Creator.

  • I'd like a relationship that was like two tree trunks side by side, strong but independent.

  • Inevitably anyone with an independent mind must become 'one who resists or opposes authority or established conventions': a rebel. If enough people come to agree with, and follow, the Rebel, we now have a Devil. Until, of course, still more people agree. And then, finally, we have --- Greatness.