Alexis Carrel

  • French scientist
  • Born June 28, 1873
  • Died November 5, 1944

Alexis Carrel (French: [alɛksi kaʁɛl]; 28 June 1873 – 5 November 1944) was a French surgeon and biologist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1912 for pioneering vascular suturing techniques. He invented the first perfusion pump with Charles A. Lindbergh opening the way to organ transplantation. Like many intellectuals of his time, he promoted eugenics. He was a regent for the French Foundation for the Study of Human Problems during Vichy France which implemented the eugenics policies thereof.

All of us, at certain moments of our lives, need to take advice and to receive help from other people.

Those who desire to rise as high as our human condition allows, must renounce intellectual pride, the omnipotence of clear thinking, belief in the absolute power of logic.

Like hatred, jealousy is forbidden by the laws of life because it is essentially destructive.

The quality of life is more important than life itself.

A few observation and much reasoning lead to error; many observations and a little reasoning to truth.

Hard conditions of life are indispensable to bringing out the best in human personality.

Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor.

The most efficient way to live reasonably is every morning to make a plan of one's day and every night to examine the results obtained.

Life leaps like a geyser for those who drill through the rock of inertia.

Comforts and syphilis are the greatest enemies of mankind.

The atmosphere of libraries, lecture rooms and laboratories is dangerous to those who shut themselves up in them too long. It separates us from reality like a fog.

Religion brings to man an inner strength, spiritual light, and ineffable peace.

In man, the things which are not measurable are more important than those which are measurable.

All great men are gifted with intuition. They know without reasoning or analysis, what they need to know.

Science has to be understood in its broadest sense, as a method for comprehending all observable reality, and not merely as an instrument for acquiring specialized knowledge.

Intuition comes very close to clairvoyance; it appears to be the extrasensory perception of reality.

The first duty of society is to give each of its members the possibility of fulfilling his destiny. When it becomes incapable of performing this duty it must be transformed.

The love of beauty in its multiple forms is the noblest gift of the human cerebrum.

Everyone makes a greater effort to hurt other people than to help himself.

To what extent is any given man morally responsible for any given act? We do not know.