10 Magnificent Edward Appleton Quotes

Edward Appleton was an English physicist and pioneer of radio physics. A Nobel Prize winner, Appleton was the recipient of many honors during his lifetime. Here is a look at some of the most defining Edward Appleton quotes from his life.

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”

“Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.”

“For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.”

“I am only a physicist with nothing material to show for my labours. I have never even seen the ionosphere, although I have worked on the subject for thirty years. That does show how lucky people can be.”

“I don’t mind what language an opera is sung in so long as it is a language I don’t understand.”


“I rate enthusiasm even above professional skill.”

“Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn’t have it in the beginning.”

“No scientific subject has ever aroused quite the same mixture of hopes and fears [as atomic energy].”

“The history of science has proved that fundamental research is the lifeblood of individual progress and that the ideas that lead to spectacular advances spring from it.”

“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”

Here is a video on the discovery of the Ionosphere by Edward Appleton and the reflective properties that aided in the development of transatlantic radio communication

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