David Pratt

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THE IMPOSSIBLE TAKES LONGER


“A fanatic is the one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”

Winston S. Churchill
Nobel Prize for Literature

“My ambition is to live to see all of physics reduced to a formula so elegant and simple that it will fit easily on the front of a T-shirt.”

Leon Lederman
Nobel Prize for Physics

“Let us not then speak ill of our generation, it is not any unhappier than its predecessors. Let us not speak well of it either. Let us not speak of it at all.”

Samuel Beckett
Nobel Prize for Literature

“Instead of telling girls to cover their hair, we should teach them to use their heads.”

Shirin Ebadi
Nobel Prize for Peace


The 1000 Wisest Things Ever Said by Nobel Prize Winners

For more than 100 years it has been the ultimate prize – the hallmark of genius. The Nobel Prize has honored writers such as Yeats, Faulkner, Beckett, and Naipaul and peacemakers like the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela.

Nobel science laureates have given us X-rays, penicillin, Prozac and polio vaccine. They comprise a club of the planet’s best and brightest.

From the Nobel’s extraordinary collection of talent, David L. Pratt has carefully selected 1,000 unforgettable quotations and presented them in a unique and compelling way.

Here are some of the world’s clearest minds on subjects like: Achievement and Failure; Work; Faith; Truth; Lies; Ideals; Death; Money; Emotions; the Meaning of Life -- and even on what it’s like to win the Nobel Prize.

Walker US 2007
Douglas & McIntyre Canada 2007

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I'VE SEEN THE PROMISED LAND


"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject."

Winston S. Churchill
Nobel Prize for Literature, 1953

"My ambition is to live to see all of physics reduced to a formula so elegant and simple that it will fit easily on the front of a T-shirt."

Leon Lederman
Nobel Prize for Physics

"Let us not then speak ill of our generation, it is not any unhappier than its predecessors. Let us not speak well of it either. Let us not speak of it at all."

Samuel Beckett
Nobel Prize for Literature

"I am in favor of truth in lending, and also in borrowing, and in selling, and in campaigning for office and in lecturing to Swarthmore students, but not in courtship."

George Stigler
Nobel Prize for Economics

"Instead of telling girls to cover their hair, we should teach them to use their heads."

Shirin Ebadi
Nobel Prize for Peace, 2003


The Nobel Prize has been considered the trademark of genius for 100 years. Remarks by the laureates offer a wealth of wisdom, wit, wry observation and humour.

I've Seen the Promised Land is a cornucopia of 5000 quotations from 400 Nobel prize winners. The first of its kind, it also features David Pratt's invaluable brief biographies and photos of the men and women honoured as the best and brightest of their time.

David Pratt's collection can be published in a single large volume of 150,000 words, arranged alphabetically by laureate with a comprehensive subject index. Selections can also be used for calendars, appointment diaries, and other merchandise.

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David Pratt is Professor Emeritus, Queen’s University in Canada, where he taught from 1969 to 1997. He was educated at the universities of Oxford, Harvard, and Toronto. He has published five books including two books on education (Harcourt), both of which sold world-wide.

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