• I have no dress except the one I wear every day. If you are going to be kind enough to give me one, please let it be practical and dark so that I can put it on afterwards to go to the laboratory.

    Marie Curie's instructions regarding a proposed gift of a wedding dress for her marriage to Pierre in July 1895, as quoted in Eve Curie Labouisse "Madame Curie: A Biography" translated by Vincent Sheean (p. 137), 1937.