Albert Szent-Gyorgyi was a Hungarian biochemist who made many important contributions to our understanding of the human body. He is perhaps best known for his work on Vitamin C, which he discovered and isolated in 1932. Szent-Gyorgyi also discovered the molecule ATP, which is essential for cellular energy production. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1937 for his contributions to our understanding of biological oxidation processes. (Bio)
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi Quotes
Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought. (Meaning)
Water, the Hub of Life. Water is its mater and matrix, mother and medium. Water is the most extraordinary substance! Practically all its properties are anomolous, which enabled life to use it as building material for its machinery. Life is water dancing to the tune of solids.
In every culture and in every medical tradition before ours, healing was accomplished by moving energy. (Meaning)
Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different.
A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.
Think boldly. Don't be afraid of making mistakes. Don't miss small details, keep your eyes open and be modest in everything except your aims.
Nature is one. It is not divided into physics, chemistry, quantum mechanics.
The key to happiness is not to get more, but to enjoy what we have and to fill the empty frame of our lives instead of enlarging it.
Water is life's matter and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.
If any student comes to me and says he wants to be useful to mankind and go into research to alleviate human suffering, I advise him to go into charity instead. Research wants real egotists who seek their own pleasure and satisfaction, but find it in solving the puzzles of nature.
Whatever a man does he must do first in his mind.
Research is not a systematic occupation but an intuitive artistic vocation.
If structure does not tell us anything about function, it means that we have not looked at it correctly.
All living organisms are but leaves on the same tree of life. The various functions of plants and animals and their specialized organs are manifestations of the same living matter. This adapts itself to different jobs and circumstances, but operates on the same basic principles. Muscle contraction is only one of these adaptations. In principle it would not matter whether we studied nerve, kidney or muscle to understand the basic principles of life. In practice, however, it matters a great deal.
Here we stand in the middle of this new world with our primitive brain, attuned to the simple cave life, with terrific forces at our disposal, which we are clever enough to release, but whose consequences we cannot comprehend.
A living cell requires energy not only for all its functions, but also for the maintenance of its structure.
Through the ages, man's main concern was life after death. Today, for the first time, we find we must ask questions about whether there will be life before death.
The real scientist is ready to bear privation and, if need be, starvation rather than let anyone dictate to him which direction his work must take.
We are all but recent leaves on the same old tree of life and if this life has adapted itself to new functions and conditions, it uses the same old basic principles over and over again. There is no real difference between the grass and the man who mows it.
The source of this energy is the sun's radiation.
[A vitamin is] a substance you get sick from if you don't eat it.
Knowledge is a sacred cow, and my problem will be how we can milk her while keeping clear of her horns.
I am not religious, but I am a pious man... A religious man has a definite religion. He says "God is there" or "God is there," "God is there." "Your god is not my god, and that's all." But the pious man, he just looks out with awe, and says, "where is God?" And "well, I don't understand it and I would like to know what this creation really means." That is a pious man, who is really touched by the greatness of nature and of the creation.
Life is water, dancing to the tune of solids.
When I received the Nobel Prize, the only big lump sum of money I have ever seen, I had to do something with it. The easiest way to drop this hot potato was to invest it, to buy shares. I knew that World War II was coming and I was afraid that if I had shares which rise in case of war, I would wish for war. So I asked my agent to buy shares which go down in the event of war. This he did. I lost my money and saved my soul.
― Albert Szent-Gyorgyi Quotes