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Quote from Antonie van Leeuwenhoek,

"... my work, which I've done for a long time,
was not pursued in order to gain the praise I now enjoy,
but chiefly from a craving after knowledge,
which I notice resides in me more than in most other men.
And therewithal, whenever I found out anything remarkable,
I have thought it my duty to put down my discovery on paper,
so that all ingenious people might be informed thereof."


Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (more quotes by Antonie van Leeuwenhoek or books by/about Antonie van Leeuwenhoek)

(1632-1723) Biologist


Letter of June 12, 1716


Duty, Education, Free Thought, Independence, Knowledge, Learning, Press, Responsibility, Service, Speech, Wisdom


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