"It's easier to change what you do than people think it is. If you don't change, your field changes around you."
"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."Walter Gilbert on Confucius
"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."Walter Gilbert on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."Walter Gilbert on Thomas A. Edison
"By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day."Walter Gilbert on Robert Frost
"Nothing will work unless you do."Walter Gilbert on Maya Angelou
"Everyone wants a hand in the outcome, a piece of the knowledge."
"I have the same sense of the power and virtue of knowledge that some people get from a religious background."
"Early on, it's good to develop the ability to write. Learning to write is a useful exercise, even if what you're writing about is not that relevant."
"The virtues of science are skepticism and independence of thought."
"Science doesn't in the slightest depend on trust. It depends completely on the belief that you can demonstrate something for yourself."