James D. Watson Quotes

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James D. Watson Quotes

Science has always been my preoccupation and when you think a breakthrough is possible, it is terribly exciting.
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Briefly, the Indiana biochemists encouraged me to learn organic chemistry, but after I used a bunsen burner to warm up some benzene, I was relieved from further true chemistry. It was safer to turn out an uneducated Ph.D. than to risk another explosion.

— James D. Watson

I want to see cancer cured in my lifetime. It might be.

— James D. Watson

It's necessary to be slightly underemployed if you are to do something significant.

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A clone of Einstein wouldn't be stupid, but he wouldn't necessarily be any genius, either.

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I think the reason people are dealing with science less well now than 50 years ago is that it has become so complicated.

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Great wealth could make an enormous difference over the next decade if they sensibly support the scientific elite. Just the elite. Because the elite makes most of the progress. You should worry about people who produce really novel inventions, not pedantic hacks.

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It is extraordinary the extent to which Darwin's insights not only changed his contemporaries' view of the world but also continue to be a source of great intellectual stimulation for scientists and nonscientists alike.

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My wife and I have a schizophrenic son. We didn't want to accept this for 30 years, so we put him under great pressure when we shouldn't have. He just wanted to be looked after, and we didn't respect that. We tried to make him independent.

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'Genes, Girls, and Gamow' was an attempt, even more than 'The Double Helix,' to mix science with one's personal life. With 'The Double Helix,' no one had done it before, but I thought I'd try.

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I have been much blessed.

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The way to do great science is to stay away from subjects that are overpopulated, and go to the frontiers.

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There is no firm reason to anticipate that the intellectual capacities of peoples geographically separated in their evolution should prove to have evolved identically. Our wanting to reserve equal powers of reason as some universal heritage of humanity will not be enough to make it so.

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Science that leads over the horizon depends on gathering the best minds and enabling them to do what the best minds naturally seek to do: pursue the most thrilling questions of the time.

— James D. Watson

There is only one science, physics: everything else is social work.

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Do things as soon as you can. If a decision needs to be made, make it. It gives you more time to change your mind.

— James D. Watson

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