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  • Chemistry begins in the stars. The stars are the source of the chemical elements, which are the building blocks of matter and the core of our subject
    • Peter Atkins
  • I am no great chemist; I am no great person. I have accomplished no great deeds. I am only a trail nlazer. I have tried to point the way. Others, the great of earth, shall probably come along, read these signs, and do the work. I am the trail blazer
    • George Washington Carver
  • The world of chemical reactions is like a stage, on which scene after scene is ceaselessly played. The actors on it are the elements.
    • Clemens Winkler
  • Chlorine is a deadly poison gas employed on European battlefields in World War I. Sodium is a corrosive metal which burns upon contact with water. Together they make a placid and unpoisonous material, table salt. Why each of these substances has the properties it does is a subject called Chemistry.
  • A detective with his murder mystery, a chemist seeking the structure of a new compound, use little of the formal and logical modes of reasoning. Through a series of intuitions, surmises, fancies, they stumble upon the right explanation, and have a knack of seizing it when it once comes within reach.
  • How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love?
    • Albert Einstein, ca. 1940.
  • O Lord, protect all of us who toil in the vineyards of experimental chemistry!
    • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie”, a Flavia de Luce mystery novel written by Alan Bradley
  • Tragedy is like strong acid - it dissolves away all but the very gold of truth
    • D.H. Lawrence, The Letters of D.H. Lawrence ca. 1920.
  • [Referring to a glass of water] “I mixed this myself. Two parts H, one part O. I don't trust anybody.
    • Steven Wright, 1955 (for reference see Anson R. Nash, Jr., “He Who Laughs, Lasts”, 2004, p. 266)

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  • No painter would ever pretend to do better than Nature, but no painter would stop painting for this reason.
    • Stefan Matile, Tetrahedron 60 (2004) 6405–6435, page 6408