"The most important thing in science is to be together with a colleague at that moment when you discover something. When some little piece of nature unfolds and you see something new. "
"The electron microscope is like the monkey wrench on the garage wall; what you do with it is the important thing."
"People had theoretically showed it could be done, but no one thought the instrument was practical. Theory showed that if you had enough electrons hitting a specimen to achieve the magnification you needed, you would burn the specimen."
"It is my intention to offer a prize of $1,000 to the first guy who can take the information on the page of a book and put it on an area 1/25,000 smaller in linear scale in such manner that it can be read by an electron microscope. "
"You can observe a lot by watching."
"Roger, at Cornell University they have an incredible piece of scientific equipment known as the Tunneling Electron Microscope. Now, this microscope is so powerful that by firing electrons you can actually see images of the atom, the infinitesimally minute building blocks of our universe. Roger, if I were using that microscope right now, I still wouldn't be able to locate my interest in your problem. "
"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."
"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..."