33 Best Jonas Salk Quotes

33 Best Jonas Salk Quotes

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Jonas Salk was a Medical Researcher in New York City and is most famous for developing the very first successful polio vaccine. He became an American hero and saved thousands of lifes. He died sadly at the age of 80 from heart failure.

“A power much greater in its positive effects than atomic power in its negative.”

“Are we being good ancestors?”

“As a child I was not interested in science. I was merely interested in things human, the human side of nature, if you like, and I continue to be interested in that. That’s what motivates me.”

“I couldn’t possibly have become a member of this institute if I hadn’t founded it myself.”

“I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.”

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

“I have the impression that the new generation of young people, are coming up on the scene with a sense “ancestorhood”, and with more wisdom than was evident before.”

“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.”

“I think of evolution as an error-making and error-correcting process, and we are constantly learning from experience.”

“If all the insects were to disappear from the earth, within 50 years all life on earth would end. If all human beings disappeared from the earth, within 50 years all forms of life would

“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.”

“It is courage based on confidence, not daring, and it is confidence based on experience.”

“My ambition was to bring to bear on medicine a chemical approach. I did that by chemical manipulation of viruses and chemical ways of thinking is biomedical research.”

“My life is pretty well at peace, and the profession is more of an avocation. It’s a calling, if you like, rather than a job. I do what I feel impelled to do, as an artist would.”

“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.”

“Now, some people might look at something and let it go by, because they don’t recognize the pattern and the significance. It’s the sensitivity to pattern recognition that seems to me to be of great importance. It’s a matter of being able to find meaning, whether it’s positive or negative, in whatever you encounter.”

“Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors.”

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

“The art of science is as important as so-called technical science. You need both. It’s this combination that must be recognized and acknowledged and valued.”

“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 such thing as failure, there’s just giving up too soon.”

“This is perhaps the most beautiful time in human history.”

“We were told in one lecture that it was possible to immunize against diphtheria and tetanus by the use of chemically treated toxins, or toxoids. And the following lecture, we were told that
for immunization against a virus disease, you have to experience the infection, and that you could not induce immunity with the so-called “killed” or inactivated, chemically treated virus preparation. Well, somehow, that struck me. What struck me was that both statements couldn’t be true. And I asked why this was so, and the answer that was given was in a sense, ‘Because.’
There was no satisfactory answer.”

“Well, the people, I would say. There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?”

“What is … important is that we — number one: Learn to live with each other. Number two: try to bring out the best in each other.”

“What makes your heart leap?”

“What you see in living systems, and in genetic systems, is that the genes are already there, having arisen in the course of time, and when they are needed they become activated. If they had to be invented, the time would be too late.”

“You can have a team of unconventional thinkers, as well as conventional thinkers. If you don’t have the support of others you cannot achieve anything altogether on your own. It’s like a cry in the wilderness. In each instance there were others who could see the same thing, and there were others who could not. It’s an obvious difference we see in those who you might say have a bird’s eye view, and those who have a worm’s eye view. I’ve come to realize that we all have a different mind set, we all see things differently, and that’s what the human condition is really all about.”