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You bring me the deepest joy that can be felt by a man whose invincible belief is that Science and Peace will triumph over Ignorance and War, that nations will unite, not to destroy, but to build, and that the future will belong to those who will have done most for suffering humanity.

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Source Notes: Source: LOUIS PASTEUR, speech at celebration honoring his seventieth birthday, the Sorbonne, Paris, France, December 27, 1892. Pasteurs son read the speech of thanks because of the weakness of his fathers voice.Rene Vallery-Radot, The Life of Pasteur, trans. Mrs. R. L. Devonshire, vol. 2, p. 297 .On his 1956 Christmas card, Adlai E. Stevenson used a version of this passage which varies slightly from the arrangement and translation given above: Not to destroy but to construct, / I hold the unconquerable belief / that science and peace will triumph over ignorance and war / that nations will come together / not to destroy but to construct / and that the future belongs to those / who accomplish most for humanity.

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Louis Pasteur (December 27, 1822 September 28, 1895) was a French microbiologist, chemist and humanist. He is known most famously for his demonstrations supporting the germ theory of disease and his vaccinations, most notably the first vaccine against rabies. However, he also made many discoveries in the field of chemistry, most notably the asymmetry of crystals.

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