George Wald (1906-1997) won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1967. Late in life (06 October 1980) he wrote a letter to the editor of the Boston Globe in which he put the prize in perspective:

"The truth is, what one really needs is not Nobel Laureates, but love. How do you think one gets to be a Nobel Laureate? Wanting love, that’s how. Wanting it so bad one works all the time, and ends up a Nobel laureate. It’s a consolation Prize. What matters is love. . . . So just practice loving. Love a Russian. You’ll be surprised how easy it is, and how it will brighten your life. Love whales. Love an Iranian, a Vietnamese----not just here, but there. Then, when you’ve gotten real good at it, try something hard. Try loving one of those candidates for President."
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