Daughter (to father): What is the one guiding principle in your life?
Father: Be curious and enjoy life.
Daughter: That is two.
Father: Then be curious, for the discovery of what is new makes life enjoyable.
Vacationing with her husband in Brittany, Marie Curie was mistaken as a housekeeper by a reporter seeking an interview and asked if she could reveal any titillating gossip.
This was her response.
“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.”
[As told in Living Adventures in Science (1972), by Henry Thomas and Dana Lee Thomas. Whether this is apocryphal or true, Marie Curie often proclaimed that curiosity is the driving force in science and that the discovery of new things made her giddy like a child.]