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Sidney Altman Quotes

May you find comfort and joy in these encouraging quotes by Sidney Altman.

It was from them that I learned that hard work in stable
surroundings could yield rewards,
even if only in infinitesimally small increments.
- Sidney Altman

Eight months later, having left Columbia,
I was studying physics in a summer program and working
in Colorado when I decided to enroll as a graduate student in biophysics.
- Sidney Altman

Furthermore, neither of our research groups set out
in search of RNA catalysis.
- Sidney Altman

We are united in the hope that every individual will
someday enjoy at least the intellectual privileges we have had,
if not always the material advantages.
- Sidney Altman

 

For our immediate family and relatives,
Canada was a land of opportunity.
- Sidney Altman

The mystique associated with the bomb,
the role that scientists played in it,
and its general importance could not fail to impress even a six-year old.
- Sidney Altman

About seven years later I was given a book about the
periodic table of the elements.
For the first time I saw the elegance of scientific
theory and its predictive power.
- Sidney Altman

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- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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I was born in Montreal in 1939, the second son of poor immigrants.
- Sidney Altman

My intention was to enroll at McGill University but
an unexpected series of events led me to study physics
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Sidney Altman

We are very fortunate to be recognized here in such
an extraordinary manner for work that we enjoy.
- Sidney Altman

Nevertheless, as is a frequent occurrence in science,
a general hypothesis was constructed from a few specific
instances of a phenomenon.
- Sidney Altman

The RNA World referred to an hypothetical stage in
the origin of life on Earth.
- Sidney Altman

Indeed, we are privileged to have been afforded the
opportunity to study Nature and to follow our own thoughts
and inspirations in a time of relative tranquillity
and in a land with a generous and forward-looking government.
- Sidney Altman

By the time I reached high school my father's grocery
store had made our life adequately comfortable and I was able to choose,
without any practical encumbrances, the subjects that
I wanted to pursue in college.
- Sidney Altman

I spent eighteen months as a graduate student in physics at Columbia University,
waiting unhappily for an opportunity to work in a laboratory
and wondering if I should continue in physics.
- Sidney Altman

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou PHOTO

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott PHOTO

We cannot choose our external circumstances,
but we can always choose how to respond to them.
- Epictetus PHOTO

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow PHOTO

All our dreams can come true,
if we have the courage to pursue them.
- Walt Disney PHOTO

Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.
The real miracle is the love that inspires them.
In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.
- A Course in Miracles PHOTO

Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers
but to be fearless when facing them.
- Rabindranath Tagore

I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Obstacles are like wild animals.
They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can.
If they see you are afraid of them...
they are liable to spring upon you;
but if you look them squarely in the eye,
they will slink out of sight.
- Orison Swett Marden PHOTO

If things are not as you wish,
wish them as they are.
- Yiddish Proverb

Don't give up. There are too many nay-sayers out there
who will try to discourage you.
Don't listen to them.
The only one who can make you give up is yourself.
- Sidney Sheldon

If you want to be heroic,
Don't emulate your heroes,
learn from them.
Heroes don't follow anyone,
they set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you have built castles in the air,
your work need not be lost;
that is where they should be.
Now put foundations under them.
- Henry David Thoreau

Know that you cannot create great new beginnings
until you sincerely celebrate the endings that precede them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Come to the edge
We can't. We're afraid
We can't. We will fall. Come to the edge
And they came. And he pushed them
And they flew
- Guillaume Apollinaire

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared
believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.
- Bruce Barton

The only way to discover the limits of the possible
is to go beyond them into the impossible.
- Arthur C. Clarke

We cause ourselves untold misery whenever we believe
others to be imperfect and try to change them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures
is not to hate them,
but to be indifferent to them:
that's the essence of inhumanity.
- George Bernard Shaw

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries.
Without them humanity cannot survive.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

We are formed and molded by our thoughts.
Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts
give joy when they speak or act.
Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.
- The Buddha

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation
and go to the grave with the song still in them.
- Henry David Thoreau

Am I not destroying my enemies
when I make friends of them?
- Abraham Lincoln

You will do foolish things,
but do them with enthusiasm.
- Colette

Eagles come in all shapes and sizes,
but you will recognize them chiefly by their attitudes.
- E. F. Schumacher

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; ...
Forgive them anyway.
- Kent Keith
(often attributed to Mother Teresa, who kept a copy
on the wall of her orphanage)

The eyes of the cheerful and of the melancholy man
are fixed upon the same creation;
but very different are the aspects which it bears to them.
- Albert Pike

Happiness is not the absence of problems,
but the willingness to deal with them joyfully.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

As we express our gratitude,
we must never forget that the highest appreciation
is not to utter words, but to live by them.
- John F. Kennedy

Stand up to your obstacles
and do something about them.
You will find that they haven't
half the strength you think they have.
- Norman Vincent Peale

The less I take the difficulties of my life as personal affront,
and the more I use them as an opportunity to learn and grow...
the easier I sleep at night.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The more we know about how we lost
our spontaneous wonder and creativity,
the more we can find ways to get them back.
- John Bradshaw

I believe that anyone can conquer fear
by doing the things he fears to do,
provided he keeps doing them until he gets
a record of successful experience behind him.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.
- Michael Jordan

We deem those happy, who from the experience of life
have learnt to bear its ills without being overcome by them.
- Carl Jung

Once we accept our limits, we can go beyond them.
- Albert Einstein

We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them.
- Titus Livius

Winners must have two things:
definite goals and a burning desire to achieve them.
- Anonymous

Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago?
Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy
on account of most of them?
Didn't most of them turn out all right after all?
- Dale Carnegie

Books are mirrors:
you only see in them what you already have inside you.
- Carlos Ruiz Zafon

I do not believe in a fate that
falls on men however they act;
but I do believe in a fate
that falls on them unless they act.
- The Buddha

Love is what we were born with.
Fear is what we learned here.
Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.
The real miracle is the love that inspires them.
In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.
- Marianne Williamson

Never tell people how to do things.
Tell them what to do and they will
surprise you with their ingenuity.
- George S. Patton

Real love is accepting other people the way they are
without trying to change them.
- don Miguel Ruiz

We cannot solve our problems with the same
thinking we used when we created them.
- Albert Einstein

Our loved ones -
whether by blood, by marriage, or by choice -
are delicate treasures.
If we hold them too close, they break -
as a butterfly would.
By honoring and enjoying
the freedom of our loved ones,
we gain our own freedom.
Have the courage to trust that
the beautiful butterflies of your life
will return - or not - as life intends.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is always a good day to be grateful for all of life -
grateful for large blessings and small.
Especially to be grateful for the symbolic blessings -
the rainbows and butterflies that come into our lives
when we least expect and most need them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People are not disturbed by things,
but by the view they take of them.
- Epictetus

You can easily judge the character of others
by how they treat those who can
do nothing for them or to them.
- Malcolm S. Forbes

I renounce all assumptions and expectations.
I thoughtfully consider all possibilities,
and CHOOSE among them with consciousness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

From the solemn gloom of the temple
children run out to sit in the dust,
God watches them play and forgets the priest.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Everyone is born a genius,
but the process of living de-geniuses them.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Books can only reveal us to ourselves,
and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside.
- Henry David Thoreau

Truths and roses have thorns about them.
- Henry David Thoreau

It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals,
because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out.
Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything
I still believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank


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