Alexander Fleming quotes

Born
6 August 1881 Darvel, East Ayrshire, Scotland.

Died
11 March 1955.

Occupation
Physician, microbiologist, pharmacologist.

Alexander Fleming was a Scottish physician, pharmacologist, and microbiologist.

Nature makes penicillin; I just found it.
– Alexander Fleming

Penicillin sat on a shelf for ten years while I was called a quack.
– Alexander Fleming

Suggested remedy for the common cold: A good gulp of whiskey at bedtime-it’s not very scientific, but it helps.
– Alexander Fleming

Penicillin cures, but wine makes people happy.
– Alexander Fleming

 

For the birth of something new, there has to be a happening. Newton saw an apple fall; James Watt watched a kettle boil; Roentgen fogged some photographic plates. And these people knew enough to translate ordinary happenings into something new.
– Alexander Fleming

It is the lone worker who makes the first advance in a subject; the details may be worked out by a team, but the prime idea is due to enterprise, thought, and perception of an individual.
– Alexander Fleming

One sometimes finds what one is not looking for.
– Alexander Fleming

I have been trying to point out that in our lives chance may have an astonishing influence and, if I may offer advice to the young laboratory worker, it would be this – never to neglect an extraordinary appearance or happening.
– Alexander Fleming

It was astonishing that for some considerable distance around the mould growth the staphococcal colonies were undergoing lysis. What had formerly been a well-grown colony was now a faint shadow of its former self…I was sufficiently interested to pursue the subject.
– Alexander Fleming