Nobel Prize Quotes

We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Nobel Prize Quotes from A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, David Eddings, Willard Boyle, Sophie Hannah, Andre Geim. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.

When you look at the light bulb above you, you remember

When you look at the light bulb above you, you remember Thomas Alva Edison. When the telephone bell rings, you remember Alexander Graham Bell. Marie Curie was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize. When you see the blue sky, you think of Sir C.V. Raman.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
I’m never going to be in danger of getting the Nobel Prize for literature.
David Eddings
It is a great honor to be awarded a Nobel Prize. This is a wonderful experience for my wife Betty and me. We received congratulations by email, phone and post, many from old friends we had not seen for some time.
Willard Boyle
Cambridge is heaven, I am convinced it is the nicest place in the world to live. As you walk round, most people look incredibly bright, as if they are probably off to win a Nobel prize.
Sophie Hannah
Ernest Rutherford’s 1908 Nobel Prize in Chemistry wasn’t given for the nuclear power station – he wouldn’t have survived that long – it was given for showing how interesting atomic physics could be.
Andre Geim
The Nobel Prize gives one the opportunity to take public stands.
Philip Warren Anderson
The years since the Nobel Prize have been productive ones for me.
Philip Warren Anderson
The Nobel Prize has been a disturbance at the beginning of October for some years. It would be gratifying to win, but it would be quite an ordeal, too, with all the events which go on for two days. I’d think carefully about what I was doing the day it is announced and maybe not be around, or be around, but elsewhere.
Peter Higgs
Because many squid have brain nerve fibres that are hundreds of times thicker than those of humans, neuroscientists have long used them for research. These nerve fibres have led to so many breakthroughs in the study of neurons that many scientists joke that the squid should receive a Nobel Prize.
David Grann
I’m honored and humbled to win the Nobel Prize. I thank all my friends for the support and assistance throughout my life.
John B. Goodenough
If I had not been discriminated against or had not suffered persecution, I would never have received the Nobel Prize.
Rita Levi-Montalcini
As soon as I got the Nobel Prize my back collapsed and I was in hospital.
Doris Lessing
The Nobel Prize is run by a self-perpetuated committee. They vote for themselves and get the world’s publishing industry to jump to their tune.
Doris Lessing
My first reaction on being awarded the Nobel Prize was, actually, I thought of Fischer Black, my colleague. He unfortunately had passed away. And there was no doubt in my mind that if he were still alive, he would have been a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize.
Myron Scholes
The essence of science is independent thinking, hard work, and not equipment. When I got my Nobel Prize, I had spent hardly 200 rupees on my equipment.
C. V. Raman
I’m an idiot who won the Literature Nobel Prize.
Dario Fo
Cricket pays well, so a lot of people are naturally drawn towards the game. But to carve a niche in non-cricket sports is not easy. So state governments need to be proactive. Indians need to be made aware of the power of an Olympic medal. It should be treated at par with an Oscars or a Nobel Prize.
Gagan Narang
Never have a picture of a well-adjusted African on the cover of your book, or in it, unless that African has won the Nobel prize.
Binyavanga Wainaina
Probably the single most important thing about the Nobel Prize for most people is whether they get the coveted parking space on campus.
Saul Perlmutter
If I were to win the Nobel Prize in Literature – which I think it’s fairly safe to say is not going to happen – I would still expect the headline on my obituary to read: ‘Christopher Buckley, son of William F. Buckley, Jr., is dead at 78.’
Christopher Buckley
As a theoretical physicist, I feel at once proud and humble at the thought of the illustrious figures that have preceded me here to receive the greatest of all honors in science, the Nobel prize.
Murray Gell-Mann
Now, I’m ahead of my father. He got other prizes… But he did not get a Nobel Prize.
Lloyd Shapley
I thought maybe I would become a god, or a goddess, or a president or a Nobel Prize winner.
Amelie Nothomb
I would like to win the Pulitzer Prize. I would like to win the Nobel Prize. I would like to win a Tony award for the Broadway musical I’m now working on. Aside from these, my aspirations are modest ones.
Evan Hunter
I want to see a game designer nominated for a Nobel Prize.
Jane McGonigal
It is the Nobel Prize I want. It’s worth $400,000.
Klaus Kinski
There is a responsibility that goes with winning the Nobel Prize, and the responsibility is that if you have a forum, you should use it wisely.
James Heckman
We three have never been very good chemists but we are gratified with a Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The Peter Principle says that everyone is promoted until they reach their level of incompetence. We are worried that we may have reached this remarkable point.
Jacques Dubochet
The idea of a computer winning the Nobel Prize for physics is not too unlikely, citing a computer as joint recipient. It’s obviously not a huge leap to think of something similar happening in fiction.
Alastair Reynolds
Of course, today at the Karolinska Institute, I am working with some top experts – even some Nobel prize winners. They have the latest news and I have the technique.
Lennart Nilsson
It’s a pity that nobody has found an exploding black hole. If they had, I would have won a Nobel prize.
Stephen Hawking
I thought the chances of becoming a Nobel Prize laureate were minuscule because there are so many other innovations and discoveries that happen almost every day.
Joachim Frank
If you look at winners of the Nobel Prize in biology, you’ll find a fair smattering of people who don’t know how to work a pipette.
Aubrey de Grey
The Nobel Prize is given as a personal award but it also honors the field of research in which I have worked and it also honors my students and colleagues.
Robert Hofstadter
I think anyone who gets the Nobel Prize has to be a little bit embarrassed to be picked out when there have been so many people who have contributed.
Christopher A. Sims
I wonder what the most intelligent thing ever said was that started with the word ‘dude.’ ‘Dude, these are isotopes.’ ‘Dude, we removed your kidney. You’re gonna be fine.’ ‘Dude, I am so stoked to win this Nobel Prize. I just wanna thank Kevin, and Turtle, and all my homies.’
Demetri Martin
One effect that the Nobel Prize seems to have had is that more Arabic literary works have been translated into other languages.
Naguib Mahfouz
I was thrilled and amazed when I found out we won the Nobel Prize. The dedicated and talented women and men of the COBE team collaborated to produce the science results being recognized. This is truly such a rare and special honor.
John C. Mather
I don’t really like the Oscars; it’s a commercial promotional event. It helps immeasurably to sell films, but it’s hardly the Nobel prize.
Richard Attenborough
The Nobel prize is a fairytale for a week and a nightmare for a year. You can’t imagine the pressure to give interviews, to go to book fairs.
Mario Vargas Llosa
The Nobel Prize is worth $1.5 million, but that’s not the issue. Do the distinguished scientists who win the Nobel Prize need the money? Probably not. The honor is more important the money, and that’s the case with the prize for African leadership as well.
Mo Ibrahim
I have received the greatest honor in my life – and the greatest surprise. Never did I dream that the Nobel Prize could be awarded for the reciprocal relations.
Lars Onsager
Arguably, my student status and perhaps my gender were also my downfall with respect to the Nobel Prize, which was awarded to Professor Antony Hewish and Professor Martin Ryle. At the time, science was still perceived as being carried out by distinguished men.
Jocelyn Bell Burnell
My long-range mission is to be the first athlete to win the Nobel Prize.
Ernie Banks
The Nobel Prize has given me, for the first time in my life, the feeling that my literature could be appreciated on an international level.
Naguib Mahfouz
In fact, 37 percent of all United States Nobel Prize winners in the 20th century have been representatives of the Jewish community.
Jon Porter
There is no ‘master plan’ on the road to the Nobel Prize. It represents a lot of hard work, a passion for that work and… being in the right place at the right time. For me, that place was Caltech.
Ahmed Zewail
Maybe if you win a Nobel Prize in economics, you make a lot of money by giving talks… but not in my area.
Wolfgang Ketterle
In 2008, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded for work done on a molecule called green fluorescent protein that was isolated from the bioluminescent chemistry of a jellyfish, and it’s been equated to the invention of the microscope in terms of the impact that it has had on cell biology and genetic engineering.
Edith Widder
There must have been something in the air of Gary that led one into economics: the first Nobel Prize winner, Paul Samuelson, was also from Gary, as were several other distinguished economists.
Joseph Stiglitz
The citation for the 1971 Nobel Prize in Chemistry reads, ‘for contribution to the knowledge of electronic structures and geometry of molecules, especially free radicals,’ and therefore implies that the Prize has been awarded for a long series of studies extending practically over my whole scientific life.
Gerhard Herzberg
It is a remarkable honor to receive a Nobel Prize, because it not only recognizes discoveries, but also their usefulness to the advancement of fundamental science.
Peter Agre
I’m not sure whether I could win a Nobel Prize or not, but the Nobel Committee called me, and, ‘You got the Nobel Prize.’ So, I was so, so happy, and I was so surprised.
Shuji Nakamura
Winning a Nobel Prize isn’t about being clever at all. It’s about making… at least in physiology or medicine, it’s about making discoveries, and you don’t have to be clever to make a discovery, I don’t think; it just comes up and punches you on the nose.
Tim Hunt
I was so surprised because I’m not too sure whether I could win a Nobel Prize, you know, because basically, physics, it means that usually people was awarded for the invention of the basic theory. But in my case, not a basic theory, in my case just making the device, you know.
Shuji Nakamura
If I could explain it to the average person, it wouldn’t have been worth the Nobel Prize.
Richard P. Feynman
The Nobel Prize in Economics is an incredible recognition for the work that my students, colleagues and I have done over the years. We all worked hard, but we were also lucky that the financial applications were so important.
Robert F. Engle
I thought of my father and felt a deep sorrow that he should no longer be alive, and that I could not go to him and tell him that I had been awarded the Nobel Prize. I knew that no one would have been happier than he to hear this.
Selma Lagerlof
A vaccine that prevented tuberculosis would merit a Nobel Prize, but it’s just very difficult to develop.
Tom Frieden
I don’t understand what it’s all about or what’s worth what, but if the people in the Swedish Academy decide that x, y or z wins the Nobel Prize, then so be it.
Richard P. Feynman
In the 1970s, I did a Ph.D. with Fred Sanger in Cambridge who was in the process of inventing ways to map what’s inside DNA. He later won the Nobel Prize.
Elizabeth Blackburn
I grew up hoping that my father might win a Nobel Prize.
Bruce Beutler
Being on ‘Bandstand’ was like getting a Nobel Prize. From 3 o’clock in the afternoon until 5:30, nobody was on the street. They were watching ‘Bandstand.’
Chubby Checker
The Nobel prize is unquestionably the most famous prize in the world, and very often, the prize is an object of prestige not only for a person but also for a research center, a country, or for a particular area of interest.
Klaus von Klitzing
That work led to the emergence of the recombinant DNA technology thereby providing a major tool for analyzing mammalian gene structure and function and formed the basis for me receiving the 1980 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Paul Berg
The Nobel Prize is an honor unique in the world in having found its way into the hearts and minds of simple people everywhere. It casts a light of peace and reason upon us all; and for that I am especially grateful.
George Wald
Nobody really expects a Nobel Prize call.
Saul Perlmutter
Dr. King’s Nobel Prize had a more powerful transforming effect on him than I think he realized at the time.
Henry Louis Gates
The important thing is to do what you most love in the best way. If you love literature, you could be a great writer and perhaps one day become a Nobel Prize Laureate for Literature.
Aaron Ciechanover
My countrymen have the right to shake my hand and talk to me if they so wish. Don’t forget that their support and their reading of my works is what brought me the Nobel prize.
Naguib Mahfouz
Whether or not one has won the Nobel Prize, each of us living in contact with our fellowmen feels a joint responsibility for all forms of suffering, both physical and moral.
Dominique Pire
In 1903, I finished my doctor’s thesis and obtained the degree. At the end of the same year, the Nobel prize was awarded jointly to Becquerel, my husband and me for the discovery of radioactivity and new radioactive elements.
Marie Curie
I am the same person I was before receiving the Nobel Prize. I work with the same regularity, I have not modified my habits, I have the same friends.
Jose Saramago
The truth is that anyone, almost anyone, who receives the Nobel Prize has some indirect knowledge of one sort or another that they may be a candidate.
James Rothman
Anyone can win the Nobel Prize if the scientist works hard on his research subject.
Tim Hunt
For a film maker, an Oscar is like a Nobel Prize, you know. So I am very happy… delighted. There is nothing more after this. I cannot hope to get anything more prestigious.
Satyajit Ray
The prestige of the Nobel Prize is such that one is suddenly promoted to a new status.
Luis Federico Leloir
There’s some aura about a Nobel Prize, there’s a prestige, that gives me a responsibility that I didn’t have before, that goes beyond my own work, as a spokesman for science.
Barry Barish
There are just two things you can do to win a Nobel prize – have a good idea and pursue it effectively.
Ivar Giaever
I’ve said it before about the Nobel Prize: it’s like being struck by a more or less benign avalanche. It was unexpected, unlooked for, and extraordinary.
Seamus Heaney