Madame Curie

Audio / Produced by The High Calling


At the end of the nineteenth century, an American newspaperman tracked Nobel Prize Winner, Marie Curie, to a remote cottage in France. Outside the door, the reporter found a rather dowdy woman. Assuming this was the housekeeper, the reporter struck up a conversation. Eventually he said, “Can you tell me something confidential about Madame Curie?”

The world-renowned scientist leaned toward her questioner and said, “Madame Curie has one message to give reporters. Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.”

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. When we are tempted to speak poorly of others or indulge in gossip, recall and follow Madame Curie's advice—think about the high calling of our daily work.

But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.

(1 Pet. 3:15-16)