28 Most Famous Louis Pasteur Quotes

28 Most Famous Louis Pasteur Quotes

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Louis Pasteur was a chemist and microbiologist from France. He is famous for discovering the basic principles of vaccinations, pasteurization, and microbial fermentation. He has helped prevent many diseases that have saved endless lives. He died on September 28, 1895 at the age of 72.

“A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world.”

“Chance favors the prepared mind.”

“God grant that by my persevering labours I may bring a little stone to the frail and ill-assured edifice of our knowledge of those deep mysteries of Life and Death where all our intellects
have so lamentably failed.”

“Great problems are now being handled, keeping every thinking man in suspense; the unity or multiplicity of human races; the creation of man 1,000 years or 1,000 centuries ago; the fixity of
species, or the slow and progressive transformation of one species into another; the eternity of matter; the idea of a God unnecessary: such are some of the questions that humanity discusses

“How do you know that the incessant progress of science will not compel scientists to consider that life has existed during eternity, and not matter?”

“I am on the edge of mysteries and the veil is getting thinner and thinner.”

“I could point to that liquid and say to you, I have taken my drop of water from the immensity of creation, and I have taken it full of the elements appropriated to the development of
inferior beings. And I wait, I watch, I question it, begging it to recommence for me the beautiful spectacle of the first creation. But it is dumb, dumb since these experiments were begun
several years ago; it is dumb because I have kept it from the only thing man cannot produce, from the germs which float in the air, from Life, for Life is a germ and a germ is Life. Never
will the doctrine of spontaneous generation recover from the mortal blow of this simple experiment.”

“If perchance you should falter during the journey, a hand would be there to support you. If that should be wanting, God, who alone could take that hand from you, would Himself accomplish
its work.”

“It is a matter of fact; I approached without a preconceived idea, too ready to declare, if the experiment had imposed upon me the confession, that there was a spontaneous generation, of
which I am convinced today that those who assure it are blindfolded.”

“It is surmounting difficulties that makes heroes.”

“Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.”

“My opinion — nay more, my conviction— is that, in the present state of science, as you rightly say, spontaneous generation is a chimera ; and it would be impossible for you to contradict
me, for my experiments all stand forth to prove that spontaneous generation is a chimera. ”

“One does not ask of one who suffers: What is your country and what is your religion? One merely says: You suffer, that is enough for me…”

“One must work; one must work. I have done what I could.”

“Posterity will one day laugh at the foolishness of modern materialistic philosophers.”

“Science brings men nearer to God.”

“Science is the highest personification of the nation because that nation will remain the first which carries the furthest the works of thought and intelligence.”

“Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world.”

“The grandeur of the acts of men are measured by the inspiration from which they spring.”

“The Greeks understood the mysterious power of the below things. They are the ones who gave us one of the most beautiful words in our language, the word enthusiasm.”

“The nights seem to me too long… I am often scolded by Madame Pasteur, but I tell her I shall lead her to fame.”

“The universe is asymmetric.”

“There are two men in each one of us: the scientist, he who starts with a clear field and desires to rise to the knowledge of Nature through observations, experimentation and reasoning, and
the man of sentiment, the man of belief, the man who mourns his dead children, and who cannot, alas, prove that he will see them again, but who believes that he will, and lives in the hope –
the man who will not die like a vibrio, but who feels that the force that is within him cannot die.”

“There does not exist a category of science to which one can give the name applied science. There are sciences and the applications of science, bound together as the fruit of the tree which
bears it.”

“whatever your career may be, do not let yourselves become tainted by a deprecating and barren scepticism.”

“When I approach a child he inspires in me two sentiments tenderness for what he is and respect for what he may become.”

“Whether our efforts are, or not, favored by life, let us be able to say, when we come near the great goal, “I have done what I could.”

“Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages.”