Top 81 Prize Quotes

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“I have never received a Farthing of Prize Money either for Artillery Ammunition or Vessels.”

― Abraham Whipple

“It is my express wish that in awarding the prizes no consideration be given to the nationality of the candidates, but that the most worthy shall receive the prize, whether he be Scandinavian or not.”

― Alfred Nobel

“There can be no better prize for a writer than one awarded by an international book fair.”

― Antonio Munoz Molina

“There is no other prize in any country that carries the prestige that a Nobel bestows.”

― Barry Marshall

“The Nobel Peace Prize is not awarded for what one has done, but hopefully what one will do.”

― Betty Williams

“I’ve never wanted just part of the package, part of the prize. I want it all!”

― Bill McCartney

“Love is the prize in life.”

― Boyd Holbrook

“I grew up hoping that my father might win a Nobel Prize.”

― Bruce Beutler

“The Nobel Prize is without doubt the highest honour, the most coveted honour, which can be bestowed on a scientist.”

― Charles Glover Barkla

“I’m an idiot who won the Literature Nobel Prize.”

― Dario Fo

“I’m never going to be in danger of getting the Nobel Prize for literature.”

― David Eddings

“I was in 27 Broadway plays, and three of them got the Pulitzer Prize.”

― Dick Van Patten

“As soon as I got the Nobel Prize my back collapsed and I was in hospital.”

― Doris Lessing

“Be it jewel or toy, not the prize gives the joy, but the striving to win the prize.”

― Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

“Is the prestige conferred by the Man Booker prize for the book or me? I would prefer it on the book and for me to be treated ordinarily.”

― Eleanor Catton

“You would be amazed at the number of doors a Nobel Prize opens.”

― Elie Wiesel

“I just wrote the book and was amazed and astounded that it became a bestseller and won the Pulitzer Prize. It still hasn’t sunk in.”

― Frank McCourt

“I very deeply appreciate the honour which you have conferred upon me in awarding the Nobel Prize for 1923 to me and Professor J.J.R. Macleod.”

― Frederick Banting

“The Swedish Academy of Sciences has seen fit, by awarding the Nobel Prize, to honour the method of producing ammonia from nitrogen and hydrogen.”

― Fritz Haber

“I suppose my little Martin acoustic guitar is quickly becoming a prize possession. It’s a lovely guitar. I bought it at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 2001 before I had cleaned up.”

― Graham Coxon

“The rapture of pursuing is the prize the vanquished gain.”

― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“When I was in my early 20s and still at uni, I won a short-story competition: £200 was the prize.”

― Ian Rankin

“In 1991, I won the Chandler Fulbright Prize, which came with $20,000 and the stipulation of spending six months in the U.S.”

― Ian Rankin

“I was overwhelmed by so many interviewers and then messages of congratulations. So many congratulation messages. I feel this shows the authority and the greatness of the Nobel Prize.”

― Isamu Akasaki

“By the time I was in fifth grade, I was dreaming of the Pulitzer Prize.”

― Jacqueline Woodson

“A scientific prize is an ambiguous thing: it highlights an individual when we should highlight a collective effort, but I’m not alone.”

― Jacques Dubochet

“There’s no pensions for old prize fighters.”

― Jake LaMotta

“There is a responsibility that goes with winning the Nobel Prize, and the responsibility is that if you have a forum, you should use it wisely.”

― James Heckman

“What men prize most is a privilege, even if it be that of chief mourner at a funeral.”

― James Russell Lowell

“I want to see a game designer nominated for a Nobel Prize.”

― Jane McGonigal

“The Commonwealth Prize is about celebrating the Commonwealth and the special relationship we have with the ex-colonies – which is part guilt and part warmth – and the Booker Prize isn’t an essential part of that, but it is part of that.”

― Jim Crace

“The Booker Prize is a big, popular prize for big, popular books, and that’s the way it should be.”

― John Banville

“The Nobel Peace Prize has become hopelessly politicized. I think it cheapens the prize itself.”

― John Bolton

“I really prize and love great painting.”

― John Lithgow

“Wake the power within thee slumbering, trim the plot that’s in thy keeping, thou wilt bless the task when reaping sweet labour’s prize.”

― John Stuart Blackie

“In fact, 37 percent of all United States Nobel Prize winners in the 20th century have been representatives of the Jewish community.”

― Jon Porter

“Let us prize our freedom; but not use our liberty for a cloak of maliciousness.”

― Jonathan Mayhew

“Livability has always struck me as a consolation prize.”

― Jonathan Raymond

“I got my Nobel Prize for my lab work.”

― Joshua Lederberg

“As for me, prizes are nothing. My prize is my work.”

― Katharine Hepburn

“Journalists prize independence – not teamwork.”

― Ken Auletta

“It is the Nobel Prize I want. It’s worth $400,000.”

― Klaus Kinski

“Now, I’m ahead of my father. He got other prizes… But he did not get a Nobel Prize.”

― Lloyd Shapley

“In war there is no prize for runner-up.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“The prestige of the Nobel Prize is such that one is suddenly promoted to a new status.”

― Luis Federico Leloir

“I also won one from the emperor of Japan, with a prize for the arts. That’s important.”

― Marcel Carne

“If I were a writer, the Pulitzer Prize would be important to me. This is my profession, so an Oscar is important.”

― Martin Landau

“My bread and croissants wouldn’t win a prize! I’m not an expert in yeast cookery.”

― Mary Berry

“I would put Harry Kane in with Batistuta. All that is happening to him, he deserves. He is the protagonist of his life, and he deserves all the prize.”

― Mauricio Pochettino

“During my Ph.D. program, I became interested in the informational structure of markets that turned into the work on signaling, which was the part of my early work that was recognized for the Nobel Prize, but it was not really a subject at the time.”

― Michael Spence

“The Web is not a prize to be won, and Mr. Ballmer’s attitude is deplorable in the light of what the Web means to the world, to users, to designers and developers, and – to put it into Microsoft parlance – customers.”

― Molly Holzschlag

“My wife thought I deserved it, but I always thought the Nobel a Western prize.”

― Naguib Mahfouz

“One effect that the Nobel Prize seems to have had is that more Arabic literary works have been translated into other languages.”

― Naguib Mahfouz

“The stabilising power of economic union was one of the reasons the E.U. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.”

― Najib Razak

“The prize for ultimate inefficiency goes to America. We have built in so many checks and balances that our ‘leaders’ are the most thoroughly hogtied of any on Earth.”

― Nathan Myhrvold

“The only prize much cared for by the powerful is power.”

― Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

“I’m not aiming for the Nobel Peace Prize!”

― Omar Bongo

“’The Sisters Brothers’ has endeared so many prize juries because the Western format has more of a broad appeal and is familiar to readers.”

― Patrick deWitt

“It is a remarkable honor to receive a Nobel Prize, because it not only recognizes discoveries, but also their usefulness to the advancement of fundamental science.”

― Peter Agre

“The automotive X Prize, to a great degree, is focused on addressing petroleum usage and carbon emissions.”

― Peter Diamandis

“The years since the Nobel Prize have been productive ones for me.”

― Philip Warren Anderson

“The prize seemed to change my professional life very little.”

― Philip Warren Anderson

“The Nobel Prize gives one the opportunity to take public stands.”

― Philip Warren Anderson

“I’ve had something like seven films at Sundance, one of which won the Grand Jury Prize.”

― Rachel Morrison

“I don’t really like the Oscars; it’s a commercial promotional event. It helps immeasurably to sell films, but it’s hardly the Nobel prize.”

― Richard Attenborough

“If I could explain it to the average person, it wouldn’t have been worth the Nobel Prize.”

― Richard P. Feynman

“If I had not been discriminated against or had not suffered persecution, I would never have received the Nobel Prize.”

― Rita Levi-Montalcini

“The paper nominated me 12 or 13 times for the Pulitzer Prize.”

― Robert Scheer

“Would offering the Mars Prize damage NASA? I don’t think so.”

― Robert Zubrin

“Nobody really expects a Nobel Prize call.”

― Saul Perlmutter

“It’s a wonderful honor to win an Ignobel Prize.”

― Sheldon Lee Glashow

“I have purchased a flat in Malad, but that is not with my ‘Bigg Boss’ prize. I had bought it with my earnings that were released by producers of ‘Bhabhiji Ghar Pe Hain’ just before I was offered ‘Bigg Boss.’”

― Shilpa Shinde

“It’s a pity that nobody has found an exploding black hole. If they had, I would have won a Nobel prize.”

― Stephen Hawking

“Anyone can win the Nobel Prize if the scientist works hard on his research subject.”

― Tim Hunt

“I did not know that I can win the Nobel Prize.”

― Tim Hunt

“A vaccine that prevented tuberculosis would merit a Nobel Prize, but it’s just very difficult to develop.”

― Tom Frieden

“Political satire became obsolete when they awarded Henry Kissinger the Nobel Peace Prize.”

― Tom Lehrer

“Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel peace prize.”

― Tom Lehrer

“I was delighted when Booktrust asked me to be chair of judges for the Booktrust Teenage Prize 2010.”

― Tony Bradman

“There is no magical formula for winning a Nobel Prize.”

― Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

“I would like to congratulate my partners in peace – Mr. Yitzhak Rabin, the Prime Minister of Israel, and Mr. Shimon Peres, the Israeli Foreign Minister – on being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.”

― Yasser Arafat
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