Marie Curie, born 1867, was a Polish physicist and chemist who was famous for her work in radioactivity.

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Throughout her life, Curie had many notable achievements. She was the first women to win a Nobel Prize; the first person and only woman to win the award twice; and the only person to win twice in multiple sciences.

She also founded the Curie Institutes, leading research centres, in Paris and Warsaw. During the First World War, Curie established the first military field radiological centres, meaning that mobile x-rays could be taken.

Curie died in 1934, aged 66 due to radiation poisoning from carrying around test tubes of radium in her pockets and coming into contact with radiation from x-ray machines.

Below you will find the best inspirational quotes from Marie Curie herself.


“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.”


“Have no fear of perfection; you’ll never reach it.”


“Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”


“I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy.”


“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”


“You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals.”


“You must never be fearful of what you are doing when it is right.”


“I have no dress except the one I wear every day. If you are going to be kind enough to give me one, please let it be practical and dark so that I can put it on afterwards to go to the laboratory.”


“One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.”


“We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”


“First principle: never to let one’s self be beaten down by persons or by events.”


“Each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity.”


“I have frequently been questioned, especially by women, of how I could reconcile family life with a scientific career. Well, it has not been easy.”

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