John Edward Salk was a celebrated American virologist, physician and medical researcher. He is credited for discovering and developing the first successful polio vaccines. The news of the success of this vaccine was made public on April 12, 1955 and people started calling him the ‘miracle worker’. He chose medical research over becoming a practicing physician. The ‘Salk Vaccine’ was another feather in his cap. In 1960, he founded ‘Salk Institute For Biological Studies’ which became a powerhouse of research. His laurels did not end with pioneering the polio vaccine. Before his death, he was seen working hard at a vaccine for AIDS for a long time. Another lesser known fact about this legend is that he was against patenting. This famous quote reflects his thought about patents in the most apt way when he said, “There is no patent, could you patent the Sun?’. Jonas Salk’s quotes and sayings, which have been excerpted from his life, researches, writings, thoughts, work and life, would give you hope and encourage you to never give up in life. Take a look at the most famous thoughts and quotes by Jonas Salk on evolution, calling, opportunity, destiny and contribution.
I think of the need for more wisdom in the world, to deal with the knowledge that we have. At one time we had wisdom, but little knowledge. Now we have a great deal of knowledge, but do we have enough wisdom to deal with that knowledge?
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. It's like a journey. It's like finding the paths that will allow you to go forward, or that path that has a block that tells you to start over again or do something else.
The most important question we must ask ourselves is, 'Are we being good ancestors?'
This is perhaps the most beautiful time in human history; it is really pregnant with all kinds of creative possibilities made possible by science and technology which now constitute the slave of man - if man is not enslaved by it.
If humankind would accept and acknowledge this responsibility and become creatively engaged in the process of evolution, consciously as well as unconsciously, a new reality would emerge, and a new age could be born.