"In our case the project was a great risk because for more than fifty years the people had not succeeded to improve the electron optics in spite of severe efforts"
"The standard doesn't explain why you need a four letter acronym for three words. I think it just makes it sound more important."
"I believe that you have to take some intelligent risks to advance science."
"You can observe a lot by watching."
"... fluorescence microscopy in its early years was considered a specialized method which, in the opinion of some, was doomed to fail. "
"Our work, it seems to me, can bring us a special bonus of pleasure and satisfaction, through its very close contact with colleagues of different disciplines and our ability to peep into the inexhaustible world of the smallest forms of existence..."
"I didn't know enough diffraction theory to even know why what I was doing wouldn't work. That was a problem. I was too much of an empiricist at the time. I learned later that it's better to know what you are doing."