"... fluorescence microscopy in its early years was considered a specialized method which, in the opinion of some, was doomed to fail. "
"You have to be absolutely patient, but suddenly one atom was sitting right in front of the tip and I got atomic resolution. That’s the way to success, not giving up."
"The electron microscope is like the monkey wrench on the garage wall; what you do with it is the important thing."
"Suppose you lived in a world in which the ground was a crossword puzzle. Would you or would you not try to solve the puzzle?""
"Scanning electron microscopy: Second best no more."
"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."
"We replaced the wave length of the light by the wave length of electrons at an accelerating voltage of 75 kV and inserted into the Abbe relation the imaging accelerating voltage of 75 kV and inserted into the Abbe relation the imaging accelerating voltage of 75 kV and inserted into the Abbe relation the imaging aperture of 2 X 10-2 rad...we came up with a resolution limit of 2.2 Å ."
"The interesting basic questions in that field are extremely hard and may never be answered, and to survive as a scientist you have to work on answerable questions."