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Alexis Carrel Quotes


A French surgeon and biologist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1912.
(1873 - 1944)

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A few observations and much reasoning lead to error; many observations and a little reasoning to truth.
[Helping Other People]
 

All great men are gifted with intuition. They know without reasoning or analysis, what they need to know.
 

All of us, at certain moments of our lives, need to take advice and to receive help from other people.
 

Comforts and syphilis are the greatest enemies of mankind.
 

Everyone makes a greater effort to hurt other people than to help himself.
 

Hard conditions of life are indispensable to bringing out the best in human personality.
 

In man, the things which are not measurable are more important than those which are measurable.
 

Intuition comes very close to clairvoyance; it appears to be the extrasensory perception of reality.
[Instincts]
 

It is faith, and not reason, which impels men to action. ... Intelligence is content to point out the road, but never drives us along it.
 

Life leaps like a geyser for those who drill through the rock of inertia.
[Acceptance]
 

Like hatred, jealousy is forbidden by the laws of life because it is essentially destructive.
 

Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor.
[Adversity]
 

Prayer is a cry of distress, a demand for help, a hymn of love.
[Prayer]
 

Prayer is the force as real as terrestrial gravity. As a physician, I have seen men, after all other therapy had failed, lifted out of disease and melancholy by the serene effort of prayer. Only in prayer do we achieve that complete and harmonious assembly of body, mind and spirit which gives the frail human reed its unshakable strength.
[Prayer]
 

Prayer, like radium, is a luminous and self-generating form of energy.
[Prayer]
 

Religion brings to man an inner strength, spiritual light, and ineffable peace.
 

Science has to be understood in its broadest sense, as a method for comprehending all observable reality, and not merely as an instrument for acquiring specialized knowledge.
 

The atmosphere of libraries, lecture rooms and laboratories is dangerous to those who shut themselves up in them too long. It separates us from reality like a fog.
 

The first duty of society is to give each of its members the possibility of fulfilling his destiny. When it becomes incapable of performing this duty it must be transformed.
 

The influence of prayer on the human mind and body ... can be measured in terms of increased physical buoyancy, greater intellectual vigor, moral stamina, and a deeper understanding of the realities underlying human relationships.
[Prayer]
 


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