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All Quotes by author - Joshua Lederberg
" All of civility depends on being able to contain the rage of individuals. "
" Although I am a public figure, I'm still a little shy. I don't think my own personality is important. I prefer to keep some small dosage of privacy. "
" As soon as you go into any biological process in any real detail, you discover it's open-ended in terms of what needs to be found out about it. "
" Being successful at a very young age gave me the confidence and the capability to try out other things. "
" By the time I was 12 or 13, I was studying biochemistry textbooks. "
" Everybody has to learn for the first time. "
" I believe I am a person with unusual talents. I think I'd be a liar or stupid if I were to deny that. "
" I certainly saw science as a kind of calling, and one with as much legitimacy as a religious calling. "
" I did get a very fine education, and not just in science. It took some pressure on the part of my elders to convince me that I really should take an interest in humanities. "
" I don't believe anybody can really grasp everything that's even in one textbook. "
" If it takes you 20 or 25 years to establish yourself in one field, you really ought to be careful not to stray too far. "
" If we have isolated individuals able to inflict enormous harm, imagine what a single lunatic can do with a nuclear weapon. I think the whole base of civil society is at risk. "
" If you wanted to dissect the structure of living cells, genetic analysis was an extremely powerful method, so my interest turned to that. "
" I get curious about new things. My real strength is going into a field that has not been investigated before, and finding new approaches to it. "
" I got my Nobel Prize for my lab work. "
" I hope I've lived a life of science whose style will encourage younger people. "
" I'm not easily inhibited by the fact that I don't know something about a subject. It doesn't stop me from dabbling in it. "
" I think we have to believe we are here for some purpose, and I know there are many cynics who will deny it, but they don't live as if they deny it. "
" I was making a lot of momentous personal decisions. I was still very very young: when the prize was awarded, I was 33; the work I had done when I was 21. "
" I was reading five or six years ahead of my grade during public school. I was pretty bored. I made a contract with some of my teachers that if I didn't ask too many questions, I could work in the back of the room. "
" I wish I had a talent for dropping things as well as taking on new ones. It gets to be quite a clutter after a while. "
" Life's a hobby. "
" My ambitions were already very clearly fixed by the time I was 6 or 7. "
" To have the recognition of your colleagues is great. The public attention is a mixed blessing. "
" Try hard to find out what you're good at and what your passions are, and where the two converge, and build your life around that. "
" When I was in high school, I became interested in cytochemistry: chemical analysis under the microscope, and trying to understand the composition of cells. "
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