Linus Pauling quotes

  • The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Inspiring #Education #Business

  • Do not let either the medical authorities or the politicians mislead you. Find out what the facts are, and make your own decisions about how to live a happy life and how to work for a better world.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Healing #Happy Life #Decision

  • When an old and distinguished person speaks to you, listen to him carefully and with respect — but do not believe him. Never put your trust into anything but your own intellect. Your elder, no matter whether he has gray hair or has lost his hair, no matter whether he is a Nobel laureate — may be wrong. The world progresses, year by year, century by century, as the members of the younger generation find out what was wrong among the things that their elders said. So you must always be skeptical — always think for yourself.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Believe #Thinking #Hair

  • I have something that I call my Golden Rule. It goes something like this: 'Do unto others twenty-five percent better than you expect them to do unto you.' … The twenty-five percent is for error.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Errors #Twenties #Golden

  • Facts are the air of scientists. Without them you can never fly.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Air #Facts #Scientist

  • The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Ideas #Creative #Innovation

  • I think every person should be able to enjoy life. Try to decide what you most enjoy doing, and then look around to see if there is a job for which you could prepare yourself that would enable you to continue having this sort of joy.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Jobs #Thinking #Joy

  • You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Disease #Wellness #Sickness

  • Everyone should know that most cancer research is largely a fraud, and that the major cancer research organizations are derelict in their duties to the people who support them.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Cancer #Health #Organization

  • I have been especially fortunate for about 50 years in having two memory banks available-whenever I can't remember something I ask my wife, and thus I am able to draw on this auxiliary memory bank. Moreover, there is a second way In which I get ideas ... I listen carefully to what my wife says, and in this way I often get a good idea. I recommend to ... young people ... that you make a permanent acquisition of an auxiliary memory bank that you can become familiar with and draw upon throughout your lives.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Memories #Ideas #Two

  • You can't have good ideas unless you have lots of ideas.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Ideas

  • Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Life #Happiness #Wise

  • I made use of the college library by borrowing books other than scientific books, such as all of the plays by George Bernard Shaw, the writing of Edgar Allan Poe. The college library helped me to develop a broader aspect on life.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Book #Writing #College

  • Science is the search for truth, that is the effort to understand the world: it involves the rejection of bias, of dogma, of revelation, but not the rejection of morality.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Rejection #Effort #World

  • Man's great power of thinking, remembering, and communicating are responsible for the evolution of civilization.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Men #Thinking #Civilization

  • I recognize that many physicists are smarter than I am-most of them theoretical physicists. A lot of smart people have gone into theoretical physics, therefore the field is extremely competitive. I console myself with the thought that although they may be smarter and may be deeper thinkers than I am, I have broader interests than they have.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Smart #People #May

  • Every aspect of the world today - even politics and international relations - is affected by chemistry.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #World #Today #Chemistry

  • The problem of an atomic war must not be confused by minor problems such as Communism versus capitalism. An atomic war would kill everyone, left, right, or center.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Confused #War #Problem

  • I believe all complicated phenomena can be explained by simpler scientific principles.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Believe #Principles #I Believe

  • I believe that there is a greater power in the world than the evil power of military force, of nuclear bombs -- there is the power of good, of morality, of humanitarianism.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Military #Believe #Evil

  • The only sane policy for the world is that of abolishing war.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #War #World #Policy

  • If you want to have good ideas you must have many ideas. Most of them will be wrong, and what you have to learn is which ones to throw away.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Ideas #Want

  • We must have research for peace ... It would embrace the outstanding problems of morality. The time has come for man's intellect, his scientific method, to win over the immoral brutality and irrationality of war and militarism ... Now we are forced to eliminate from the world forever this vestige of prehistoric barbarism, this curse to the human race.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Peace #War #Winning

  • [Professor Pauling] confesses that he had harboured the feeling that sooner or later he would be the one to get the DNA structure; and although he was pleased with the double-helix, he 'rather wished the idea had been his'.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Ideas #Dna #Feelings

  • The power to destroy the world by the use of nuclear weapons is a power that cannot be used-we cannot accept the idea of such monstrous immmorality.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Acceptance #Ideas #Nuclear

  • [David Harker asked: Dr Pauling, how do you have so many good ideas?] Well David, I have a lot of ideas and throw away the bad ones.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Ideas #Drs #Wells

  • You have to have a lot of ideas. First, if you want to make discoveries, it's a good thing to have good ideas. And second, you have to have a sort of sixth sense-the result of judgment and experience-which ideas are worth following up. I seem to have the first thing, a lot of ideas, and I also seem to have good judgment as to which are the bad ideas that I should just ignore, and the good ones, that I'd better follow up.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Ideas #Discovery #Want

  • Science is the search for the truth--it is not a game in which one tries to beat his opponent, to do harm to others. We need to have the spirit of science in international affairs, to make the conduct of international affairs the effort to find the right solution, the just solution of international problems, and not an effort by each nation to get the better of other nations, to do harm to them when it is possible. I believe in morality, in justice, in humanitarianism.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Truth #Believe #Games

  • Nations keep agreements, keep their treaties so long as they continue to do them good.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Agreement #Long #Treaties

  • There is no area of the world that should not be investigated by scientists. There will always remain some questions that have not been answered. In general, these are the questions that have not yet been posed.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Science #World #Scientist

  • Heisenberg has discussed the coupled double harmonic oscillator, and has shown that the ordinary rules of quantization lead to two non-combining sets of states in one of which the electrons are in phase and out of phase. The energy of the system is successively transferred from one to the other - resonance!
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Two #Energy #Ordinary

  • Every ailment, every sickness and every disease can be traced back to An organic trace mineral deficiency
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Disease #Sickness #Minerals

  • Science is the search for truth.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Search For Truth

  • Provided one has the correct level of vitamin, mineral and nutritional input, the body can overcome disease.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Overcoming #Levels #Body

  • Humanism is a philosophy of joyous service for the greater good of all humanity, of application of new ideas of scientific progress for the benefit of all.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Philosophy #Ideas #Humanity

  • Do unto others 20% better than you would expect them to do unto you, to correct for subjective error.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Errors #Religion #Morality

  • Just one living cell in the human body is, more complex than New York City.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #New York #Cells #Cities

  • There is no safe amount of radiation. Even small amounts do harm.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Nuclear #Safe #Radiation

  • Like thousands of other boys, I had a little chemical laboratory in our cellar and think that some of our friends thought me a bit crazy.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Crazy #Science #Boys

  • If the structure that serves as a template (the gene or virus molecule) consists of, say, two parts, which are themselves complementary In structure, then each of these parts can serve as the mould for the production of a replica of the other part, and the complex of two complementary parts thus can serve as the mould for the production of duplicates of itself.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Two #Molecules #Viruses

  • I try to identify myself with the atoms ... I ask what I would do If I were a carbon atom or a sodium atom.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Science #Trying #Sodium

  • [Instead of collecting stamps, he collected dictionaries and encyclopaedias:] Because you can learn more from them.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Learning #Science #Stamps

  • If you take a reasonable amount of vitamin C regularly, the incidence of the common cold goes down. If you get a cold and start immediately, as soon as you start sneezing and sniffling, the cold just doesn't get going.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Sneezing #Vitamins #Common

  • ..The truly fraudulent claims must be discarded. But novel methods of therapy should not be rejected because they are novel, or because they run counter to some generally accepted belief ("which may just be biased"), or because we do not understand the mechanism of the proposed treatment, or because it has come from an unconventional source.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Running #Dark #Age

  • We may, I believe, anticipate that the chemist of the future who is interested in the structure of proteins, nucleic acids, polysaccharides, and other complex substances with high molecular weight will come to rely upon a new structural chemistry, involving precise geometrical relationships among the atoms in the molecules and the rigorous application of the new structural principles, and that great progress will be made, through this technique, in the attack, by chemical methods, on the problems of biology and medicine.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Believe #Medicine #Progress

  • I think that the formation of [DNA's] structure by Watson and Crick may turn out to be the greatest developments in the field of molecular genetics in recent years.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Thinking #Dna #Years

  • It has been recognized that hydrogen bonds restrain protein molecules to their native configurations, and I believe that as the methods of structural chemistry are further applied to physiological problems it will be found that the significance of the hydrogen bond for physiology is greater than that of any other single structural feature.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Believe #Hydrogen #Molecules

  • An amino acid residue (other than glycine) has no symmetry elements. The general operation of conversion of one residue of a single chain into a second residue equivalent to the first is accordingly a rotation about an axis accompanied by translation along the axis. Hence the only configurations for a chain compatible with our postulate of equivalence of the residues are helical configurations.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Axes #Firsts #Acid

  • It was obvious-to me at any rate-that the answer was to why an enzyme is able to speed up a chemical reaction by as much as 10 million times. It had to do this by lowering the energy of activation-the energy of forming the activated complex. It could do this by forming strong bonds with the activated complex, but only weak bonds with the reactants or products.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Strong #Enzymes #Answers

  • Life ... is a relationship between molecules.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Life #Molecules #Life Is

  • Men will gather knowledge no matter what the consequences. Science will go on whether we are pessimistic or optimistic, as I am. More interesting discoveries than we can imagine will be made, and I am awaiting them, full of curiosity and enthusiasm.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Optimistic #Knowledge #Men

  • Science is the search for truth - it is not a game in which one tries to beat his opponent, to do harm to others.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Science #Games #Trying

  • It will be possible, through the detailed determination of amino-acid sequences of hemoglobin molecules and of other molecules too, to obtain much information about the course of the evolutionary process, and to illuminate the question of the origin of species.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Determination #Acid #Molecules

  • I like people. I like animals, too-whales and quail, dinosaurs and dodos. But I like human beings especially, and I am unhappy that the pool of human germ plasm, which determines the nature of the human race, is deteriorating.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Animal #Race #Whales

  • I have always wanted to know as much as possible about the world.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #World #Wanted

  • Only when I began studying chemical engineering at Oregon Agricultural College did I realize that I myself might discover something new about the nature of the world.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #College #Engineering #Oregon

  • Although physicians, as part of their training, are taught that the dosage of a drug that is prescribed for the patient must be very carefully determined and controlled, they seem to have difficulty in remembering that the same principle applies to the vitamins.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Drug #Training #Principles

  • No evidence compels the conclusion that the minimum required intake of any vitamin comes close to the optimum intake that sustains good health.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Vitamins #Good Health #Evidence

  • By the proper intakes of vitamins and other nutrients and by following a few other healthful practices from youth or middle age on, you can, I believe, extend your life and years of well-being by twenty-five or even thirty-five years.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Believe #Years #Practice

  • The nucleic acids, as constituents of living organisms, are comparable In importance to proteins. There is evidence that they are Involved In the processes of cell division and growth, that they participate In the transmission of hereditary characters, and that they are important constituents of viruses. An understanding of the molecular structure of the nucleic acids should be of value In the effort to understand the fundamental phenomena of life.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Life #Character #Cells

  • Does the commandment 'Thou Shalt Not Kill' mean nothing to us? Are we to interpret it as meaning 'Thou shalt not kill except on the grand scale,' or 'Thou shalt not kill except when the national leaders say to do so'?
    -- Linus Pauling

    #War #Mean #Leader

  • The McCarthy period came along...and many of the other scientists who had been working on these same lines gave up. Probably saying "Why should I sacrifice myself? I am a scientist, I am supposed to be working on scientific things, so I don't need to put myself at risk by talking about these possibilities." And I have said that perhaps I'm just stubborn... I have said "I don't like anybody to tell me what to do or to think, except Mrs. Pauling."
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Sacrifice #Thinking #Talking

  • I hear from patients who say their doctor said, 'If you want to take Vitamin C, go ahead and do it. It won't harm you, and it may do you some good.' More and more physicians are getting convinced about the value of large doses of Vitamin C.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Doctors #Physicians #May

  • In teaching, you do not want to COVER things, you want to UNCOVER them. The best way to get good ideas is to have lots of ideas.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Teaching #Ideas #Want

  • I believe that you can, by taking some simple and inexpensive measures, extend your life and your years of well-being. My most important recommendation is that you take vitamins every day in optimun amounts, to supplement the vitamins you receive in your food.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Believe #Simple #Years

  • ...It would be possible to make much more progress than has been made if the NCI knew its job better, knew how to make discoveries...The NCI really does not know how to make discoveries....So long as the NCI is not willing to follow up ideas that seem good to people who have had experience making discoveries, the work of the NCI is going to be pedestrian.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Jobs #Dark #Discovery

  • During the time that [Karl] Landsteiner gave me an education in the field of imununology, I discovered that he and I were thinking about the serologic problem in very different ways. He would ask, What do these experiments force us to believe about the nature of the world? I would ask, What is the most. simple and general picture of the world that we can formulate that is not ruled by these experiments? I realized that medical and biological investigators were not attacking their problems the same way that theoretical physicists do, the way I had been in the habit of doing.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Believe #Simple #Thinking

  • We may say that life has borrowed from inanimate processes the same mechanism used in producing these striking structures that are crystals.
    -- Linus Pauling

    #Life #May #Crystals