Thank You Quotes (4 quotes)
A formative influence on my undergraduate self was the response of a respected elder statesmen of the Oxford Zoology Department when an American visitor had just publicly disproved his favourite theory. The old man strode to the front of the lecture hall, shook the American warmly by the hand and declared in ringing, emotional tones: My dear fellow, I wish to thank you. I have been wrong these fifteen years. And we clapped our hands red. Can you imagine a Government Minister being cheered in the House of Commons for a similar admission? Resign, Resign is a much more likely response!
If Louis Pasteur were to come out of his grave because he heard that the cure for cancer still had not been found, NIH would tell him, Of course we'll give you assistance. Now write up exactly what you will be doing during the three years of your grant. Pasteur would say, Thank you very much, and would go back to his grave. Why? Because research means going into the unknown. If you know what you are going to do in science, then you are stupid! This is like telling Michelangelo or Renoir that he must tell you in advance how many reds and how many blues he will buy, and exactly how he will put those colors together.
If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
When I was a teenager like, 14, the space program was getting started, and I wanted to be an astronaut. I wrote to NASA and I said, What do I have to do to be prepared to be an astronaut? And they wrote back and said, Thank you very much but were not taking girls. That thankfully changed with Sally Ride and a lot of the other great women astronauts.