Alfred Nobel

Swedish chemist, innovator, and armaments manufacturer (1833-1896)

Alfred Bernhard Nobel (21 October 183310 December 1896) was a Swedish chemist, engineer, innovator, armaments manufacturer and the inventor of dynamite. In his last will, he used his enormous fortune to institute the Nobel Prizes.

If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied.


  • If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied.
    • As quoted in The 12 best Questions To Ask Customers (2001), by Jim Meisenheimer, p. 26.
  • My dynamite will sooner lead to peace than a thousand world conventions. As soon as men will find that in one instant, whole armies can be utterly destroyed, they surely will abide by golden peace.
    • As quoted in The Military Quotation Book (2002) by James Charlton, p. 114.
  • A heart can no more be forced to love than a stomach can be forced to digest food by persuasion.
  • Second to agriculture, humbug is the biggest industry of our age.
  • Contentment is the only real wealth
  • We build upon the sand, and the older we become, the more unstable this foundation becomes.
  • The truthful man is usually a liar.
  • Justice is to be found only in the imagination.
  • It is not sufficient to be worthy of respect in order to be respected.
  • Worry is the stomach's worst poison.
  • The best excuse for the fallen ones is that Madame Justice herself is one of them.
  • Self-respect without the respect of others is like a jewel which will not stand the daylight.
  • Hope is nature's veil for hiding truth's nakedness.
  • Lying is the greatest of all sins.
  • Home is where I work and I work everywhere.

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