„How can one look happy when he is thinking about the anomalous Zeeman effect?“

—  Wolfgang Pauli, Context: A colleague who met me strolling rather aimlessly in the beautiful streets of Copenhagen said to me in a friendly manner, “You look very unhappy”; whereupon I answered fiercely, “How can one look happy when he is thinking about the anomalous Zeeman effect?”. Writings on Physics and Philosophy (1994), p. 15
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