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Alfred Nobel's Clever Take on Different Aspects of Life

 Alfred Bernard Nobel was an engineer, inventor, chemist, philanthropist, and businessman from Sweden. He was the designer and owner of the original patent for dynamite, which was found to be a safer way to handle the explosive nitroglycerin. In fact, he went on to make numerous developments in the field of safe and convenient explosives, which continue to have major uses in drilling and mining for various resources. 

Alfred Nobel's contributions to the world of science during his lifetime, from 1833 to 1896, earned him immense respect and financial wealth. If part of his name sounds familiar to you, it should, because this brilliant man's final act before leaving this world was to specify the last of his funds (94% to be exact) be used to establish the institution for Nobel Prizes, which has been run by the Nobel Foundation since 1900. He designated these awards to be handed out to worthy persons in the five categories (literature, chemistry, physics, peace, medicine or physiology) every year without fail and regardless of nationality. 

A century later, the Nobel prizes continue to be held in high regard and Nobel Laureates world over continue to be honored. Alfred Nobel gave immensely not only to the world of science but to many other fields and communities, without distinction. Along with the Nobel prize institution, he also left behind these words, expressions, and thoughts to inspire, pushing us to always innovate and introspect.

 

1. On satisfaction 

Thought-provoking quotes from inventor, businessman and philanthropist Alfred Nobel, Nobel Foundation, Nobel Prize, “If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied.”

“If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied.”

 

2. On worries

Thought-provoking quotes from inventor, businessman and philanthropist Alfred Nobel, Nobel Foundation, Nobel Prize, “Worry is the stomach's worst poison.”

“Worry is the stomach's worst poison.”

 

3. On peace 

Thought-provoking quotes from inventor, businessman and philanthropist Alfred Nobel, Nobel Foundation, Nobel Prize, “Good wishes alone will not ensure peace.”

“Good wishes alone will not ensure peace.”

 

4. On the purpose of writing 

Thought-provoking quotes from inventor, businessman and philanthropist Alfred Nobel, Nobel Foundation, Nobel Prize, “I have not the slightest pretension to call my verses poetry; I write now and then for no other purpose than to relieve depression or to improve my English.”

“I have not the slightest pretension to call my verses poetry; I write now and then for no other purpose than to relieve depression or to improve my English.”

 

5. On life and death 

Thought-provoking quotes from inventor, businessman and philanthropist Alfred Nobel, Nobel Foundation, Nobel Prize, “A recluse without books and Ink is already in life a dead man”

“A recluse without books and ink is already in life a dead man.”

 

6. On persuasion 

Thought-provoking quotes from inventor, businessman and philanthropist Alfred Nobel, Nobel Foundation, Nobel Prize, “A heart can no more be forced to love than a stomach can be forced to digest food by persuasion.”

“A heart can no more be forced to love than a stomach can be forced to digest food by persuasion.”

 

7. On sins

Thought-provoking quotes from inventor, businessman and philanthropist Alfred Nobel, Nobel Foundation, Nobel Prize, “Lying is the greatest of all sins.”

“Lying is the greatest of all sins.” 

 

8. On honesty

Thought-provoking quotes from inventor, businessman and philanthropist Alfred Nobel, Nobel Foundation, Nobel Prize, “The truthful man is usually a liar.”

“The truthful man is usually a liar.” 

 

9. On knowledge 

Thought-provoking quotes from inventor, businessman and philanthropist Alfred Nobel, Nobel Foundation, Nobel Prize, “One can state, without exaggeration, that the observation of and the search for similarities and differences are the basis of all human knowledge.”

“One can state, without exaggeration, that the observation of and the search for similarities and differences are the basis of all human knowledge.”

 

10. On work

Thought-provoking quotes from inventor, businessman and philanthropist Alfred Nobel, Nobel Foundation, Nobel Prize, “Home is where I work, and I work everywhere.”

“Home is where I work, and I work everywhere.”

 

11. On riches 

Thought-provoking quotes from inventor, businessman and philanthropist Alfred Nobel, Nobel Foundation, Nobel Prize, “Contentment is the only real wealth.”

“Contentment is the only real wealth.” 

 

12. On lawyers

Thought-provoking quotes from inventor, businessman and philanthropist Alfred Nobel, Nobel Foundation, Nobel Prize, “Lawyers have to make a living, and can only do so by inducing people to believe that a straight line is crooked.”

“Lawyers have to make a living, and can only do so by inducing people to believe that a straight line is crooked.”

 

13. On justice 

Thought-provoking quotes from inventor, businessman and philanthropist Alfred Nobel, Nobel Foundation, Nobel Prize, “Justice is to be found only in imagination.”

“Justice is to be found only in imagination.”

 

14. On hope 

Thought-provoking quotes from inventor, businessman and philanthropist Alfred Nobel, Nobel Foundation, Nobel Prize, “Hope is nature's veil for hiding truth's nakedness.”

“Hope is nature's veil for hiding truth's nakedness.”

 

15. On the idea of peace 

Thought-provoking quotes from inventor, businessman and philanthropist Alfred Nobel, Nobel Foundation, Nobel Prize, “I intend to leave after my death a large fund for the promotion of the peace idea, but I am skeptical as to its results.”

“I intend to leave after my death a large fund for the promotion of the peace idea, but I am skeptical as to its results.”

 

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