Her achievements include the creation of a theory of radioactivity, a term she coined, techniques for isolating radioactive isotopes, and the discovery of two new elements, polonium and radium. Under her direction, the world's first studies were conducted into the treatment of neoplasms (cancers) using radioactive isotopes.
"Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas."
"...that humanity will draw more good than evil from new discoveries."
"I have frequently been questioned, especially by women, of how I could reconcile family life with a scientific career. Well, it has not been easy. "
Here with here little one Eve and Irene
Here she stands with her Pierre
and this she noted of her state of self after his death, she became "... an incurably and wretchedly lonely person".
More quotes by this most brilliant lady
"I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy."
"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained."
"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less."
"You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful."
She and I share this thought of our live's work: "Sometimes my courage fails me and I think I ought to stop working, live in the country and devote myself to gardening."
And this is my favorite thing she said: "Humanity certainly needs practical men, who get the most out of their work, and, without forgetting the general good, safeguard their own interests. But humanity also needs dreamers, for whom the disinterested development of an enterprise is so captivating that it becomes impossible for them to devote their care to their own material profit. Without the slightest doubt, these dreamers do not deserve wealth, because they do not desire it. Even so, a well-organised society should assure to such workers the efficient means of accomplishing their task, in a life freed from material care and freely consecrated to research."
My love my care,