Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas. Marie Curie

Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas. Marie Curie

(7 November 1867 – 4 July 1934)

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13 Responses to Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas. Marie Curie

  1. Marian Wirth says:

    That sounds like the seedling to one of the most disputed quotes ever:

  2. Marian Wirth says:

    As for the quote itself: Hm. Not sure. I’d like to put it this way: Rather be curious about people with ideas than just people or just ideas.

  3. Marian Wirth says:

    Ha, the quote has a very modern background, if Wikiquote is to be believed:

    Response to a reporter seeking an interview during a vacation with her husband in Brittany, who mistaking her for a housekeeper, asked her if there was anything confidential she could recount, as quoted in Living Adventures in Science‎ (1972), by Henry Thomas and Dana Lee Thomas

  4. Rajini Rao says:

    Marian Wirth , I would venture to say that to a scientist, ideas would be more interesting than people..even people with ideas 🙂 She also said, In science, we must be interested in things, not in persons .

  5. In her bio it was written that through her whole life, she used to read couple of books (on science) at the same time and when she could not concentrate enough, she was doing complicated algebra to get more focused and sober to continue reading. Keeping it in mind and reading the quote you posted, no wonder that Einstien mentioned that she was probably the only great scientist and person who was not corrupted by the fame that she had won.

  6. Rajini Rao says:

    I know you do, Tony Bryson 🙂

  7. Anonymole says:

    If only the world could follow along. What percent of folks focus on ideas as topics of discussion vs people as loci for chat? Three? Five maybe? The world is swamped by people talking about people. The media is barely more than a narcissistic exploitation of itself; media for media’s sake.

    The problem with this imbalance manifests itself unfortunately when those close to you, however they became close (family, friends, associates) are already, or become trapped within this superficial net. And you must deal with it, somehow. You must listen patiently, with an empty smile on your face, while they enthusiastically elaborate on a neighbor’s ills, a politician’s fall from grace, the latest birth, death, wedding or divorce.

    Those predestined to soar through the high clouds of ideas must spend much of their time down on the ground, crawling through the mundane and shallow. I only hope that I have helped my children grow wings that will allow them to fly within their ionospheric imaginations. And maybe once in a while come down here to talk to me about them.

  8. Chad Haney says:

    Marie Curie is fantastic. Unfortunately that picture is not her.

  9. Rajini Rao says:

    Absolutely correct. It was first pointed out on my 2012 post on STEM women here:

    In the comments next to the picture.

  10. Chad Haney says:

    Sorry to necropost, but I was searching for something else related to Marie Curie, and this popped up.

  11. Rajini Rao says:

    No worries. I noticed that Clarissa Silva shared this same image today and was debating whether to explain about the image. 

  12. Chad Haney says:

    I did already but maybe you saw that. Google Science Fair should learn to fact check. Argh.

  13. Rajini Rao says:

    I didn’t see your correction (it was early this morning).now you mention it, her post was a reshare. 

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