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Quotes of the day: Jonas Salk

Published Tuesday, October 27, 2015 @ 11:00 PM EDT
Oct 27 2015

Jonas Edward Salk (October 28, 1914 – June 23, 1995) was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed the first successful polio vaccine. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams.

I pictured myself as a virus or a cancer cell and tried to sense what it would be like.

I see the triumph of good over evil as a manifestation of the error-correcting process of evolution.

Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.

It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea. I work with it and rely on it. It's my partner.

Neither wisdom nor good will is now dominant. Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.

Nothing happens quite by chance. It's a question of accretion of information and experience.

Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors.

Reason alone will not serve. Intuition alone can be improved by reason, but reason alone without intuition can easily lead the wrong way. They both are necessary.

Risks, I like to say, always pay off. You learn what to do, or what not to do.

The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.

The worst tragedy that could have befallen me was my success. I knew right away that I was through- cast out.

There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality.

There is no patent (for the polio vaccine). Could you patent the sun?

There is no such thing as failure, there's just giving up too soon.


(October 28 is also the birthday of Bill Gates and Evelyn Waugh.)

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