It is my express wish that in awarding the prizes no consideration be given to the nationality of the candidates, but that the most worthy shall receive the prize, whether he be Scandinavian or not.
On the day when two army corps may mutually annihilate each other in a second, probably all civilized nations will recoil with horror and disband their troops.
Justice is to be found only in imagination.
I am a misanthrope and yet utterly benevolent, have more than one screw loose yet am a super-idealist who digests philosophy more efficiently than food.
For me writing biographies is impossible, unless they are brief and concise, and these are, I feel, the most eloquent.
Worry is the stomach's worst poison.
The first time I saw nitroglycerine was in the beginning of the Crimean War. Professor Zinin in St. Petersburg exhibited some to my father and me, and struck some on an anvil to show that only the part touched by the hammer exploded without spreading.
Lawyers have to make a living, and can only do so by inducing people to believe that a straight line is crooked.
Alfred Nobel - pitiable half-creature, should have been stifled by humane doctor when he made his entry yelling into life. Greatest merits: Keeps his nails clean and is never a burden to anyone. Greatest fault: Lacks family, cheerful spirits, and strong stomach. Greatest and only petition: Not to be buried alive. Greatest sin: Does not worship Mammon. Important events in his life: None.
Kant's style is so heavy that after his pure reason, the reader longs for unreasonableness.
The only true solution would be a convention under which all the governments would bind themselves to defend collectively any country that was attacked.
For my part, I wish all guns with their belongings and everything could be sent to hell, which is the proper place for their exhibition and use.
A heart can no more be forced to love than a stomach can be forced to digest food by persuasion.
Hope is nature's veil for hiding truth's nakedness.
Second to agriculture, humbug is the biggest industry of our age.
A recluse without books and ink is already in life a dead man.
Justice is to be found only in the imagination.
Home is where I work, and I work everywhere.
I intend to leave after my death a large fund for the promotion of the peace idea, but I am skeptical as to its results.
Nature is man's teacher. She unfolds her treasures to his search, unseals his eye, illumes his mind, and purifies his heart; an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds of her existence.
Good wishes alone will not ensure peace.
If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied.
Lying is the greatest of all sins.
It is my express wish that in awarding the [Nobel Prizes] no consideration be given to the nationality of the candidates, but that the most worthy shall receive the prize, whether he be Scandinavian or not.
My dynamite will sooner lead to peace than a thousand world conventions. As soon as men will find that in one instant, whole armies can be utterly destroyed, they surely will abide by golden peace.
Contentment is the only real wealth
I have not the slightest pretension to call my verses poetry; I write now and then for no other purpose than to relieve depression or to improve my English.
I am not aware that I have deserved any notoriey, and I have no taste for its buzz.
Perhaps my dynamite plants will put an end to war sooner than your [pacifist] congresses. On the day two army corps can annihilate each other in one second all civilized nations will recoil from war in horror.
I am a misanthrope yet utterly benevolent.
I would not leave anything to a man of action as he would be tempted to give up work; on the other hand, I would like to help dreamers as they find it difficult to get on in life.
One can state, without exaggeration, that the observation of and the search for similarities and differences are the basis of all human knowledge.
It is not sufficient to be worthy of respect in order to be respected.
The truthful man is usually a liar.
The savants will write excellent volumes. There will be laureates. But wars will continue just the same until the forces of the circumstances render them impossible.