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- We wondered if it was a prank. But then I knew it was the right day, and it would have been a cruel prank.
- Commenting on her reaction to receiving the phone call from a Nobel official informing her of her award, in Koren, Marina (October 2, 2018). "One Wikipedia Page Is a Metaphor for the Nobel Prize’s Record With Women". The Atlantic. Retrieved on 5 October 2018.
- Is that all, really? I thought there might have been more. We need to celebrate women physicists, because we’re out there. Hopefully, in time, it will start to move forward at a faster rate. I’m honoured to be one of those women.
- In a press conference, commenting on her becoming only the third woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physics, in Koren, Marina (October 2, 2018). "One Wikipedia Page Is a Metaphor for the Nobel Prize’s Record With Women". The Atlantic. Retrieved on 5 October 2018. and Sample, Ian; Davis, Nicola (October 2, 2018). "Physics Nobel prize won by Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland". The Guardian. Retrieved on 5 October 2018.
- In high school, I was very good in math and physics. I wasn’t good at much of anything else. Some people are good at a lot of things. I don’t know how they choose what to do. I couldn’t do athletic stuff, I wasn’t artistic, I have no musical ear, and I wasn’t good at writing. So I was pretty narrow in what I could do. I wasn’t thinking, “Can I do science?” I was thinking, “That’s the only thing I can do, so let’s do it."
- In Chow, Denise (October 4, 2018). "Donna Strickland's long journey from laser jock to third woman ever to win physics Nobel". NBC News. Retrieved on 5 October 2018.
- I never applied.
- When asked in interview with the BBC why she had won a Nobel Prize, but was not yet a full professor, in Leaf, Clifton. "She Just Won the Nobel Prize in Physics. Why Is She Still a Junior Professor?". Fortune. Retrieved on 5 October 2018.
- If somebody else thinks something that you don't believe in, just think they're wrong and you're right and keep going. That's pretty much the way I always think.
- In Casey, Liam (October 2, 2018). "'We are marching forward': Canadian scientist becomes third woman to win Nobel Prize in physics". CTV News Toronto. Retrieved on 5 October 2018.