The history of chemistry is littered with memorable quotes like this, penned by Johann Joachim Becher, in the 1667 work Physica Subterranea. The best quotes are striking sentences or poignant paragraphs that hold fast in the mind, long after their source has faded from memory, snippets and soundbites that encapsulate feeling or opinion.

To celebrate quotable chemistry, we’re launching a competition to find our favourite quotations. Send in humorous or inspiring quotes, along with a reference for where we can find them, and you could win £50 of Amazon vouchers! Second place will win a £25 voucher, and three runners up will each receive a Chemistry World mug.

To make sure your quotes are available to the widest possible audience, we’re working with the Wikiquote project to collect and archive the quotes for posterity. I’m sure you’re familiar with Wikipedia, and Wikiquote is one of a dozen or so projects run along similar lines (freely accessible and reusable content, compiled by volunteers from all around the world) by the Wikimedia Foundation. It’s a compendium of humorous and inspirational quotations by notable people, all checked for veracity and cited back to original sources. And, of course, like Wikipedia, it’s a compendium that anyone can edit.

Wikiquote has a section on chemistry-related material and we, working with the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Wikimedian in residence, Andy Mabbett, are going to expand it – with your help. As well as offering prizes for the best (the funniest; the most poignant) chemistry related quotations; we will share all the entries with the Wikiquote community.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply send us a quotation, plus the name of the author and the source (a web link is fine, as is citation to a journal or book, but please be as precise as possible; giving page numbers, for example). Check first, to make sure your entry isn’t already in Wikiquote!

The full terms and conditions are below, but the most important things to know are:

  • We can only accept entries by email (feel free to tweet your favourite quotes, but they won’t count if they don’t reach our email inbox)
  • Entries must include a quotation and a source suitable for citation
  • To be eligible, entries cannot already be in Wikiquote
  • You must include your name and home county

So send your favourite quotation to for your chance to win!





Chemistry World Wikiquote competition terms and conditions

The competition opens at 12:01pm on 9 July 2015 and closes at 12:01pm on 31 July 2015.

Entries must be submitted by email and include the entrant’s full name and county. Multiple entries can be included in the same email, if they are all from the same entrant.

Entry is open worldwide, but voucher prizes will be offered in Stg£ only.

Entrants under the age of 18 are welcome, but must include written consent from a parent or guardian in their email entry. 

All entries must be notable quotation related to chemistry that are not already listed on Wikiquote, and that have an author, and a source that is suitable for citation.

Quotations will be shared with the Wikiquote community, but suggestion of a quotation does not guarantee inclusion on Wikiquote.

The winner will be the person deemed to have submitted the most entertaining or unusual chemistry quotation as determined by the judges. There will be one top prize, one second prize, and three runners-up prizes.

The winners will be selected by a judging panel including the editor of Chemistry World. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

The prizes on offer are one Stg£50 Amazon voucher for first place, one Stg£25 Amazon voucher for second place, and three Chemistry World mugs, of which the runners-up selected will receive one each.

The winners and runners-up will be contacted by email (using the details provided in the winner’s Eligible Entrants entry email). 

The prize winners will be notified that they have won the prize within twenty eight days (28) of the closing date of the competition.

The promoter is the Royal Society of Chemistry a charity registered in England (with number RC000524) and limited company incorporated in England (with number RC207890) located at Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WF United Kingdom (Promoter). 

The Promoter is not responsible where applicable for any problems or technical malfunction of any communications network or any late, lost, incorrectly submitted, delayed, ineligible, incomplete, corrupted or misdirected entry whether due to error, transmission interruption or otherwise. The time of entry will be deemed to be the time the entry is received by the Promoter at the designated email account.

If for any reason, including but not limited to technical problems, the competition is not capable of running as planned we reserve the right to cancel the competition.

The names and counties of the winners and runners-up will be published online on the Chemistry World blog, and in other RSC magazines.

Entry details remain the property of the Promoter. Entrants consent to the Promoter using personal information provided in connection with this promotion for the purposes of facilitating the conduct of the promotion and awarding any prizes (including to third parties involved in the promotion, including any applicable statutory authorities).

These terms and conditions shall be governed by English law, and the parties submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.


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