Santiago Ramón y Cajal

All outstanding work, in art as well as in science, results from immense zeal applied to a great idea.

Peter Drucker

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

Edward Witten

The hardest part of research is always to find a question that’s big enough that it’s worth answering, but little enough that you actually can answer it.

Murray Gell-Mann

Just because things get a little dingy at the subatomic level doesn’t mean all bets are off.

Robert Sapolsky

Dopamine is not about the pursuit of happiness, it is about the happiness of pursuit.

Paul Dirac

The measure of greatness in a scientific idea is the extent to which it stimulates thought and opens up new lines of research.

Norman Vincent Peale

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.

Phillips Brooks 

Some day, in years to come, you will be wrestling with the great temptation, or trembling under the great sorrow of your life. But the real struggle is here, now… Now it is being decided whether, in the day of your supreme sorrow or temptation, you shall miserably fail or gloriously conquer. Character cannot be made except by a steady, long-continued process.

Albert Szent-Györgyi

Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought.

Horace Mann

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.

Steve Jobs

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.

Audrey Hepburn

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

Marcus Aurelius

If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.

T. S. Eliot

Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.

 Edward Teller

The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.

Nelson Mandela

There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.

Herman Melville

To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. 

Kim Yong Jim

The key is to have a pessimism of the intellect, but an optimism of the will.

Viktor Frankl

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.

Nikola Tesla

Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born.

Werner Heisenberg

Only a few know, how much one must know to know how little one knows.

Ken Robinson

If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.

Mark Twain

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

Friedrich Nietzsche

The strength of a person’s spirit would then be measured by how much ‘truth’ he could tolerate, or more precisely, to what extent he needs to have it diluted, disguised, sweetened, muted, falsified.

Stephen Hawking

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.

Alan Wilson Watts

Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.

Walt Whitman

The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.

Eleanor Roosevelt

We must preserve our right to think and differ.

Nelson Mandela

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.

Simone de Beauvoir

One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.

Robert Sapolsky

An open mind is prerequisite to an open heart.

John Archibald Wheeler

We live on an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance. As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance.

Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lies. You may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Charles Bukowski

People empty me. I have to get away to refill.

Aldous Huxley

If one’s different, one’s bound to be lonely.

Marie Curie

I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy.

Oscar Wilde

Who, being loved, is poor?

Hiller the Elder

If not us, who? If not now, when?

Steve Jobs

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.

Jane Austen

Look into your own heart because who looks outside, dreams, but who looks inside awakes.

Bruce Lee

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water.

Albert Einstein

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

Steve Jobs

This life, which had been the tomb of his virtue and of his honour, is but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

René Descartes

Conquer yourself rather than the world.

Carl Sagan

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.