50 Best Jonas Salk Quotes from Inventor of Polio Vaccine

Jonas Edward Salk was a virologist and medical researcher who developed one of the first successful polio vaccines.


Best Jonas Salk Quotes


Evolution favors the survival of the wisest. ~ Jonas Salk.


Your dreams tell you what to do; your reason tells you how to do it. ~ Jonas Salk.


Are we being good ancestors? ~ Jonas Salk.

A wisdom deficit – fewer elders and even fewer people who listen to them. ~ Jonas Salk.

I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more. ~ Jonas Salk.


Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next. ~ Jonas Salk.

Good parents give their children Roots and Wings. Roots to know where home is, wings to fly away and exercise what’s been taught them. ~ Jonas Salk.

Charlotte’s Web Life is magic, the way nature works seems to be quite magical. ~ Jonas Salk.


Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors. ~ Jonas Salk.

I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams. ~ Jonas Salk.

What people think of as the moment of discovery is really the discovery of the question. ~ Jonas Salk.


It is possible to create an epidemic of health which is self-organizing and self-propelling. ~ Jonas Salk.

Risks, I like to say, always pay off. You learn what to do, or what not to do. ~ Jonas Salk.

Top Jonas Salk Quotes

Solutions come through evolution. They come through asking the right questions, because the answers pre-exist. It is the questions that we must define and discover. You don’t invent the answer-you reveal the answer. ~ Jonas Salk.


Eventually we’ll realize that if we destroy the ecosystem, we destroy ourselves. ~ Jonas Salk.

I’m saying that we should trust our intuition. I believe that the principles of universal evolution are revealed to us through intuition. And I think that if we combine our intuition and our reason, we can respond in an evolutionary sound way to our problems. ~ Jonas Salk.

Life is an error-making and an error-correcting process, and nature in marking man’s papers will grade him for wisdom as measured both by survival and by the quality of life of those who survive. ~ Jonas Salk.

Inspiring Jonas Salk Quotes

The worst tragedy that could have befallen me was my success. I knew right away that I was through – cast out. ~ Jonas Salk.

If all the insects were to disappear from the earth, within 50 years all life on earth would end. If all human beings disappeared from the earth, within 50 years all forms of life would flourish. ~ Jonas Salk.

In my view, art and the approach to life through art, using it as a vehicle for education and even for doing science is so vital that it is part of a great new revolution that is taking place. I believe we are entering a whole new epoch. ~ Jonas Salk.

The mind, in addition to medicine, has powers to turn the immune system around. ~ Jonas Salk.


There is no such thing as failure, there’s just giving up too soon. ~ Jonas Salk.

Nothing happens quite by chance. It’s a question of accretion of information and experience. ~ Jonas Salk.

Popular Jonas Salk Quotes

I have come to recognize evolution not only as an active process that I am experiencing at the time, but as something I can guide by the choices I make. ~ Jonas Salk.

I think of the need for more wisdom in the world, to deal with the knowledge that we have. At one time we had wisdom, but little knowledge. Now we have a great deal of knowledge, but do we have enough wisdom to deal with that knowledge? ~ Jonas Salk.


When you inoculate children with a polio vaccine, you don’t sleep well for two or three months. ~ Jonas Salk.

I think of evolution as an error-making and error-correcting process, and we are constantly learning from experience. ~ Jonas Salk.

This is perhaps the most beautiful time in human history; it is really pregnant with all kinds of creative possibilities made possible by science and technology which now constitute the slave of man – if man is not enslaved by it. ~ Jonas Salk.

My life is pretty well at peace, and the profession is more of an avocation. It’s a calling, if you like, rather than a job. I do what I feel impelled to do, as an artist would. ~ Jonas Salk.


There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality. ~ Jonas Salk.

As a child I was not interested in science. I was merely interested in things human, the human side of nature, if you like, and I continue to be interested in that. That’s what motivates me. ~ Jonas Salk.

My job is to help people see what I see. If it’s of value, fine. And, if it’s not of value, then at least I’ve done what I can do. ~ Jonas Salk.

My ambition was to bring to bear on medicine a chemical approach. I did that by chemical manipulation of viruses and chemical ways of thinking in biomedical research. ~ Jonas Salk.


Find the right questions. You don’t invent the answers, you reveal the answers. ~ Jonas Salk.

A good parent gives their child roots and wings. ~ Jonas Salk.

If humankind would accept and acknowledge this responsibility and become creatively engaged in the process of evolution, consciously as well as unconsciously, a new reality would emerge, and a new age could be born. ~ Jonas Salk.

Famous Jonas Salk Quotes

The most important question we must ask ourselves is, ‘Are we being good ancestors?’ ~ Jonas Salk.

Some people are constructive, if you like. Others are destructive. It’s this diversity in humankind that results in some making positive contributions and some negative contributions. It’s necessary to have enough to make positive contributions to overcome the problems of each age. ~ Jonas Salk.


There is no patent. Could you patent the Sun? ~ Jonas Salk.

I couldn’t possibly have become a member of this Institute, you know, if I hadn’t organized it myself. ~ Jonas Salk.

I pictured myself as a virus or a cancer cell and tried to sense what it would be like. ~ Jonas Salk.

I speak about universal evolution and teleological evolution; because I think the process of evolution reflects the wisdom of nature. I see the need for wisdom to become operative. We need to try to put all of these things together in what I call an evolutionary philosophy of our time. ~ Jonas Salk.

Inspirational Jonas Salk Quotes


It is courage based on confidence, not daring, and it is confidence based on experience. ~ Jonas Salk.

The art of science is as important as so-called technical science. You need both. It’s this combination that must be recognized and acknowledged and valued. ~ Jonas Salk.


I see the triumph of good over evil as a manifestation of the error-correcting process of evolution. ~ Jonas Salk.

There is a moment of conception and a moment of birth, but between them there is a long period of gestation. ~ Jonas Salk.

Reply when questioned on the safety of the polio vaccine he developed: It is safe, and you can’t get safer than safe. ~ Jonas Salk.

What you see in living systems, and in genetic systems, is that the genes are already there, having arisen in the course of time, and when they are needed they become activated. If they had to be invented, the time would be too late. ~ Jonas Salk.


Life is an error-making and an error-correcting process. ~ Jonas Salk.

It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea. I work with it and rely on it. It’s my partner. ~ Jonas Salk.

So these were the 50 top Jonas Salk quotes on vaccines, life and inspiration.

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