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Quotes of the Day for 10 December 2003 – Prizes

The Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel died at San Remo, Italy on this day in 1896. Under the terms of his will, his estate was arranged so as to grant four prizes in Chemistry, Physics, Medicine or Physiology, Literature, and Peace, these five prizes were first awarded on the fifth anniversary of his death. In 1969 the Bank of Sweden joined the festivities and established a prize for Economics that is awarded at the same ceremony, and often (incorrectly) called the Nobel Prize for Economics. The prize for Peace is awarded at the Oslo City Hall in the capital of Norway, the others are awarded at the Stockholm Concert Hall. They are always presented on the 10th of December, although the winners are generally announced a couple of weeks ahead of time. Here, then, some thoughts on Prizes, some of which are related to the Nobel awards.

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The quotes:

Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.
     - Henry Clay, 1777 - 1852

I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House - with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.
     - John Fitzgerald Kennedy, At dinner for 49 Nobel laureates 29 April 1962

Rarity gives a charm; so early fruits and winter roses are the most prized; and coyness sets off an extravagant mistress, while the door always open tempts no suitor.
     - Marcus Valerius Martial, c. 40 - 104

The virtue lies in the struggle, not in the prize.
     - Richard Monckton Milnes, 1809 - 1885

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
     - Theodore Roosevelt, 1858 - 1919

If I could explain it to the average person, I wouldn't have been worth the Nobel Prize.
     - Richard Feynman, 1918 - 1988


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