31 Lessons in Chemistry Quotes: Inspiring & Motivating

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Immerse yourself in the collection inspiring quotes from Bonnie Garmus’ Lessons in Chemistry 

Lessons in Chemistry was an inspiring novel that I read this year and I absolutely love it. Bonnie Garmus has written  an absolute gem that not only captivates with its feminist themes but also takes us on an exciting journey alongside the brilliant chemist, Elizabeth Zott.

In  Lessons in Chemistry, you’ll discover many  unforgettable quotes that delve deep into the essence of life, feminism, religion, and so much more. Which is why I have made the list of 31 inspiring quotes from Lessons in Chemistry.

So, let’s dive into some of the incredible life lessons that Garmus masterfully weaves throughout the novel. 

Lessons in Chemistry Summary


  • As read on BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime
  • GMA Book Club Pick
  • The #1 Sunday Times  and #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the Goodreads Choice Best Debut Novel Award
  • India Knight’s Sunday Times Book of the Year
  • Shortlisted for the Comedy Women in Print Prize

hemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel–prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with—of all things—her mind. True chemistry results. 

But like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking (“combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride”) proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them to change the status quo.  

Laugh-out-loud funny, shrewdly observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters, Lessons in Chemistry is as original and vibrant as its protagonist.


Best Lessons in Chemistry Quotes

“Whenever you feel afraid, just remember. Courage is the root of change – and change is what we’re chemically designed to do.”

”No more subscribing to others’ opinions of what you can and cannot achieve.”

”Chemistry is change and change is the core of your belief system. Which is good because that’s what we need more of—people who refuse to accept the status quo, who aren’t afraid to take on the unacceptable.”

”The truth is, we are very much responsible for the badness in the world. And we have the power to fix it.”

”Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun,”

”If a man were to spend a day being a woman in America, he wouldn’t make it past noon.”

”Because while musical prodigies are always celebrated, early readers aren’t. And that’s because early readers are only good at something others will eventually be good at, too. So being first isn’t special – it’s just annoying.”

”And as humans, we’re by-products of our upbringings, victims of our lackluster educational systems, and choosers of our behaviors. In short, the reduction of women to something less than men, and the elevation of men to something more than women, is not biological: it’s cultural.”

”No surprise. Idiots make it into every company. They tend to interview well.”

”Imagine if all men took women seriously. Education would change. The workforce would revolutionize. Marriage counsellors would go out of business.”

”Because while stupid people may not know they’re stupid because they’re stupid, surely unattractive people must know they’re unattractive because of mirrors.”

”Some things needed to stay in the past because the past was the only place they made sense.”

”The librarian is the most important educator in school. What she doesn’t know, she can find out.”

”It’s just that we tend to treat pregnancy as the most common condition in the world—as ordinary as stubbing a toe—when the truth is, it’s like getting hit by a truck. Although obviously a truck causes less damage.”

”Humans need reassurance, they need to know others survived in hard times. And unlike other species which do a better job of learning from their mistakes, humans require constant threats and reminders to be nice.”

”When women understand chemistry, they begin to understand how things work.”

”Rowing is almost exactly like raising kids. Both require patience, endurance, strength, and commitment. And neither allow us to see where we’re going—only where we’ve been.” 

”Take a moment for yourself, Every day.”

”I believe in a few things . Mostly the things about not giving up hope, not giving in to darkness.”

”Design your own future. When you go home today, ask yourself what you will change. And then get started.”

”Unlike ink, graphite is erasable. People make mistakes, Mr. Roth. Pencil allows one to clear the mistake and move on. Scientists expect mistakes and, because of it, we embrace failure.”

”We both know food is the catalyst that unlocks our brains, binds our families, and determines our futures.”

”People will always yearn for a simple solution to their complicated problems.”

”It’s a lot easier to have faith in something you can’t see, can’t touch, can’t explain, and can’t change, rather than to have faith in something you actually can.”

”When one is raised on a steady diet of sorrow, it’s hard to imagine that others might have had an even larger serving.”

”Refuse to allow the bad thing to define you. Fight it.”

” I used to tell myself every day was new. That anything could happen.”

”Chemistry is inseparable from life—by its very definition, chemistry is life. But like your pie, life requires a strong base. In your home, you are that base. It is an enormous responsibility, the most undervalued job in the world that, nonetheless, holds everything together.”

”A man can make lunch, Mr. Pine. It is not biologically impossible.”

”Humans. Some of them didn’t seem to grasp their actual status within the animal kingdom.”

There you have the list of best motivational quotes from Lessons in Chemistry. I hope you’ve enjoyed them just as I did writing.

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