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Quotes of the Day for 6 April 2004 – Chemistry

I was delighted to receive a request for quotes on Chemistry, as I've been comfortable in labs and darkrooms since the mid 'sixties, and am still always ready to grab for a chemical solution to life's problems. In fact, despite knowing the risks and generally observing proper material handling procedures, I've adopted the old DuPont slogan "Better Living Through Chemistry" as something of a mantra. It had never occurred to me to look for quotes on the subject, but I actually had quite a few.

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The quotes:

No, this trick won't work. How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love?
     - Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955

All theoretical chemistry is really physics; and all theoretical chemists know it.
     - Richard Feynman, 1918 - 1988

The chemistry of dissatisfaction is as the chemistry of some marvelously potent tar. In it are the building stones of explosives, stimulants, poisons, opiates, perfumes, and stenches.
     - Eric Hoffer, 1902 - 1983

If you are obliged to neglect any thing, let it be your chemistry. It is the least useful and the least amusing to a country gentleman of all the ordinary branches of science.
     - Thomas Jefferson, 1743 - 1826

Nothing can be more incorrect than the assumption one sometimes meets with, that physics has one method, chemistry another, and biology a third.
     - Thomas Henry Huxley, 1825 - 1895

In the arts of life man invents nothing; but in the arts of death he outdoes Nature herself, and produces by chemistry and machinery all the slaughter of plague, pestilence, and famine.
     - George Bernard Shaw, 1856 - 1950


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