Quotes from Carver

Today’s quotes are from George Washington Carver:

  • “Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.”
  • “The opening of the school found me at Simpson College, attempting to run a laundry for my support…I lived on prayer, beef suet and corn meal, and quite often being without the suet and meal.”
  • “…to me, my dear young friends, nature in its varied forms are the little windows through which God permits me to commune with Him, and to see much of His glory, majesty, and power by simply lifting the curtain and looking in.”
  • “I never have to grope for methods. The method is revealed at the moment I am inspired to create something new… Without God to draw aside the curtain I would be helpless.”
  • “God is going to reveal to us things He never revealed before if we put our hands in His. No books ever go into my laboratory. The thing I am to do and the ways of doing it are revealed to me.”
  • “When I was young, I said to God, ‘God, tell me the mystery of the universe.’ But God answered, ‘That knowledge is for me alone.’ So I said, ‘God, tell me the mystery of the peanut.’ Then God said, ‘Well George, that’s more nearly your size.’ And he told me.”
  • “We are brothers, all of us, no matter what race or color or condition; children of the same Heavenly Father. We rise together or we fall together.”
  • “When our thoughts—which bring actions—are filled with hate against anyone, Negro or white, we are in a living hell.

Dr Carver never took out any patents for his discoveries, since he held that what God revealed to him about science should not be used for the benefit of any one man or special group of men. Here is a partial list:


One final quote, most befitting an accomplished scientist:

  • “The finite mind of man can never grasp the mysteries of the infinite. It is the highest wisdom, as it is our great happiness, to accept our limitations, to use what we have, and leave the rest to God.”