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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Linus Pauling on ethics, code, science, ideas, curiosity, chemistry, biology, writing, atheist, philosophy and experiments.

10 Noteworthy Quotes By Great Chemist Linus Pauling

Quick Facts

Famous As: Chemist, Biochemist

Born On: February 28, 1901

Died On: August 19, 1994

Born In: Portland

Died At Age: 93

The trailblazer in the field of Quantum chemistry and Biochemistry, Linus Carl Pauling was a distinguished American biochemist, author and activist, who holds the unique feat of being awarded two unshared ‘Nobel Prize’. He bagged the honor in 1954 for his exceptional work in the field in chemistry and again in 1962 for peace activism. The watershed moment in Pauling’s career arrived after publishing his breakthrough thesis of ‘The Determination with X-Rays of the Structures of Crystals’. Later on, he cemented his stature as a legend in the field of biochemistry by unraveling the ‘Concepts of Resonance’, ‘Space-filling model’, ‘Valence bond theory’ and ‘Vitamin C advocacy’. Apart from receiving the auspicious ‘Nobel Prize’, he bagged the ‘Irving Langmuir Award’, ‘Lenin Peace Prize’, ‘National Medal of Science’, ‘Lomonosov Gold Medal’, ‘Priestley Medal’, ‘Vannevar Bush Award’ and many more. Many important scientists such as Martin Karplus, Jerry Donohue, Matthew Meselson and William Lipscomb have credited their success to this legendary biochemist. Let us go through some of the most enlightening quotes and thoughts from this American genius and peace keeper that will give you a glimpse of his prolific mind. Take a look at the famous quotations and sayings by Linus Pauling which are meant to challenge, motivate and inspire you.
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I have something that I call my Golden Rule. It goes something like this: 'Do unto others twenty-five percent better than you expect them to do unto you.' … The twenty-five percent is for error.

Linus Pauling

The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.

Linus Pauling

The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas, and throw the bad ones away.

Linus Pauling

Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life. Linus Pauling

Linus Pauling

You can't have good ideas unless you have lots of ideas.

Linus Pauling

The best way to get a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.

Linus Pauling

Do unto others 20% better than you'd expect them to do unto you to correct subjective error.

Linus Pauling

The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.

Linus Pauling

I think that the formation of [DNA's] structure by Watson and Crick may turn out to be the greatest developments in the field of molecular genetics in recent years.

Linus Pauling

If you want to have good ideas you must have many ideas.

Linus Pauling