Nature Quotes  by Abraham Pais


Once I even took   the train to Utrecht, forty miles from Amsterdam, with my yellow star, this   star which I still have. Why did I go? I just wanted to visit some friends. I   was a little bit crazy, a little bit insane.

Of course, relative   citation frequencies are no measure of relative importance. Who has not   aspired to write a paper so fundamental that very soon it is known to   everyone and cited by no one?

One of the absolute   rules I learned in the war was, don't know anything you don't need to know,   because if you ever get caught they will get it out of you.

I spent every night   until four in the morning on my dissertation, until I came to the point when   I could not write another word, not even the next letter. I went to bed.   Eight o'clock the next morning I was up writing again.

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The rule of the   game was never assume that anybody, however honorable, would be able to stand   up under torture. If Mr. X, who knew where I was, was caught for some reason,   I should move.

One of the things I   learned, one of the strangest things, is how to think. There was nothing else   to do. I couldn't see people, or go for a walk in the forest. All I had was   my head and my books, and I thought a lot.

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