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  • I called it ignose, not knowing which carbohydrate it was. This name was turned down by my editor. 'God-nose' was not more successful, so in the end 'hexuronic acid' was agreed upon. To-day the substance is called 'ascorbic acid' and I will use this name.

  • Research is not a systematic occupation but an intuitive artistic vocation.

  • When I received the Nobel Prize, the only big lump sum of money I have ever seen, I had to do something with it. The easiest way to drop this hot potato was to invest it, to buy shares. I knew that World War II was coming and I was afraid that if I had shares which rise in case of war, I would wish for war. So I asked my agent to buy shares which go down in the event of war. This he did. I lost my money and saved my soul.

    Money   Fear   War  
    "The Crazy Ape: Written by a Biologist for the Young". Book by Albert Szent-Györgyi, 2014.
  • Research is four things: brains with which to think, eyes with which to see, machines with which to measure and, fourth, money.

    Eye   Science   Thinking  
  • If any student comes to me and says he wants to be useful to mankind and go into research to alleviate human suffering, I advise him to go into charity instead. Research wants real egotists who seek their own pleasure and satisfaction, but find it in solving the puzzles of nature.

    Nature   Real   Science  
    Attributed to Szent-Györgyi in "The Development of Spatial Cognition" by Robert Cohen, 1985.
  • It is impossible to encircle the hips of a girl with my right arm and hold her smile in my left hand, then proceed to study the two items separately. Similarly, we can not separate life from living matter, in order to study only living matter and its reactions. Inevitably, studying living matter and its reactions, we study life itself

    Life   Girl   Hands  
    "Nature of Life: A Study on Muscle". Book by Albert Szent-Györgyi, 1948.
  • If I go out into nature, into the unknown, to the fringes of knowledge, everything seems mixed up and contradictory, illogical, and incoherent. This is what research does; it smooths out contradictions and makes things simple, logical, and coherent.

  • The key to happiness is not to get more, but to enjoy what we have and to fill the empty frame of our lives instead of enlarging it.

  • Nature is one. It is not divided into physics, chemistry, quantum mechanics.

  • The real scientist is ready to bear privation and, if need be, starvation rather than let anyone dictate to him which direction his work must take.

    Work   Real   Bears  
    "The Doomsday Lobby: Hype and Panic from Sputniks, Martians, and Marauding Meteors". Book by James T. Bennett, p. 70, September 11, 2010.
  • [A vitamin is] a substance you get sick from if you don't eat it.

  • Why does man behave like perfect idiot? This is the problem I wish to deal with.

    Men   Perfect   Wish  
  • All living organisms are but leaves on the same tree of life. The various functions of plants and animals and their specialized organs are manifestations of the same living matter. This adapts itself to different jobs and circumstances, but operates on the same basic principles. Muscle contraction is only one of these adaptations. In principle it would not matter whether we studied nerve, kidney or muscle to understand the basic principles of life. In practice, however, it matters a great deal.

    Life   Jobs   Science  
  • In every culture and in every medical tradition before ours, healing was accomplished by moving energy.

    Moving   Healing   Health  
  • If structure does not tell us anything about function, it means that we have not looked at it correctly.

    Mean   Doe   Function  
  • To regulate something always requires two opposing factors. You cannot regulate by a single factor. To give an example, the traffic in the streets could not be controlled by a green light or a red light alone. It needs a green light and a red light as well. The ratio between retine and promine determines whether there is any motion, any growth, or not. Two different inclinations have to be there in readiness to make the cells proliferate.

    Science   Light   Cells  
  • This oxidation of hydrogen in stages seems to be one of the basic principles of biological oxidation.

  • Knowledge is a sacred cow, and my problem will be how we can milk her while keeping clear of her horns.

    Knowledge   Milk   Cows  
  • Through the ages, man's main concern was life after death. Today, for the first time, we find we must ask questions about whether there will be life before death.

    Life   Death   Science  
  • I am the son of a small and far-away nation and the other laureates have all come from different countries from all over the world and we all were equally received here with signs of sympathy.

    Sympathy   Country   Son  
  • Science has helped us to understand and master ourselves, creating an elevated new form of human life, the wealth and beauty of which cannot be pictured today by the keenest imagination.

  • Investigations during the last few decades have brought hydrogen instead of carbon, and instead of CO2 water, the mother of all life, into the foreground.

    Mother   Water   Lasts  
  • Senescent judges show how patriotic they are by passing out hard sentences for tearing up a draft card or following one's conscience according to the principles established by our country at the Nuremburg trials.

  • This paper of yours is so lightly written that you must have sweated terribly.

  • Here we stand in the middle of this new world with our primitive brain, attuned to the simple cave life, with terrific forces at our disposal, which we are clever enough to release, but whose consequences we cannot comprehend.

    Life   Clever   Simple  
  • Whatever a man does he must do first in his mind.

    Men   Mind   Doe  
  • Life is water, dancing to the tune of solids.

    Life   Science   Dancing  
    Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (2012). “The Living State: With Observations on Cancer”, p.9, Elsevier
  • Water, the Hub of Life. Water is its mater and matrix, mother and medium. Water is the most extraordinary substance! Practically all its properties are anomolous, which enabled life to use it as building material for its machinery. Life is water dancing to the tune of solids.

  • We are all but recent leaves on the same old tree of life and if this life has adapted itself to new functions and conditions, it uses the same old basic principles over and over again. There is no real difference between the grass and the man who mows it.

  • I am not religious, but I am a pious man... A religious man has a definite religion. He says "God is there" or "God is there," "God is there." "Your god is not my god, and that's all." But the pious man, he just looks out with awe, and says, "where is God?" And "well, I don't understand it and I would like to know what this creation really means." That is a pious man, who is really touched by the greatness of nature and of the creation.

    Television interview clip, 1980.
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