Nobel Quotes

I can forgive Alfred Nobel for having invented dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize.

After receiving the Nobel Prize, Hayek wrote that the prize should not be awarded in economics. His reason? Once a person receives the prize, he or she is inevitably asked by journalists about subjects outside his or her special knowledge. And too often the laureate responds to such questions. The answers have a good chance […]

I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Albert John Lutuli, Norman Borlaug, Desmond Tutu, Elie Wiesel, Aung San Suu Kyi, Jody Williams and even Albert Schweitzer, and Mother Teresa. All of these and others have proven that even without government power and often in opposition to it, individuals can enhance human rights and wage peace actively and effectively.

My mother would have been bursting with pride. My son the Nobel Prize winner. And for whom, anyway, do we do the things that lead to Nobel Prizes if not for our mothers? “Mummy, Mummy, I won a prize!” “That’s wonderful, my dear. Now eat your carrots before they get cold.” Why must our mothers […]

The true magnitude of the Nobel Committee’s blunder in awarding the Prize to Kissinger didn’t become apparent until the destabilization of Cambodia, set in motion by American intervention, produced the Khmer Rouge and the slaughter of over a million people.

Every poet depends upon generations who wrote in his native tongue; he inherits styles and forms elaborated by those who lived before him. At the same time, though, he feels that those old means of expression are not adequate to his own experience. When adapting himself, he hears an internal voice that warns him against […]

The savants will write excellent volumes. There will be laureates. But wars will continue just the same until the forces of the circumstances render them impossible.

I intend to leave after my death a large fund for the promotion of the peace idea, but I am skeptical as to its results.