Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Quotes: Character (12)

The idea in bold-face print is a summary of the quote. The number is the page on which the quote was found.

Character (12)
Character 70 Pasteur was argumentative. "He [Pasteur] loved to fight with words, he had a cocky eagerness to get into an argument with everyone about anything." DeKruif, Microbe Hunters.

Character 72 Pasteur did not always give people credit who had contributed discoveries to Pasteur's findings. "…as he [Pasteur] went up in his excited climb toward glory and toward always increasing crowds of new discoveries, he regarded less and less what had been done before him and what went on around him…rediscovered the curious fact that microbes make meat go bad…failed to give the first discoverer, Schwann, proper credit for it." DeKruif, Microbe Hunters.

Character 134 Koch did not realize what he was accomplishing. "In all of his writings I have never found any evidence that Koch considered himself a great originator; never, like Pasteur, did he seem to realize that he was the leader in the most beautiful and one of the most thrilling battles of men against cruel nature...." DeKruif, Microbe Hunters.

Character 151 Pasteur learned from his mistakes. "But one of Pasteur’s most charming traits was his characteristic of a scientific Phoenix, who rose triumphantly from the ashes of his own mistakes." DeKruif, Microbe Hunters.

Character 281 The theory that scoundrels are intelligent. "The first, Mahomed Bux, Ronald Ross hired because he had the appearance of a scoundrel, and (said Ross) scoundrels are much more likely to be intelligent." DeKruif, Microbe Hunters.

Character 288 He might have been too modest to want his picture in the newspapers, but he also wanted every ounce of credit that was due to him. "He [Grassi] was a contradictory combination of a man too modest to want his picture in the papers but bawling at the same time for the last jot and tittle of credit for everything that he did." DeKruif, Microbe Hunters.

Character 275 Once you have confidence in yourself, you don't need outside assistance. Once you’re a made man, you don’t need the constant living influence of sources outside yourself. DeLillo, Underworld.

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