“Above all, don’t fear difficult moments. The best comes from them."
Italian neurologist, Rita Levi-Montalcini, died last December age 103.
"At 20, I realized that I could not possibly adjust to a feminine role as conceived by my father and asked him permission to engage in a professional career," Levi-Montalcini wrote in her biography.
She went onto study Medicine and then went into research and won a Nobel prize for her work with Stanley Cohen in 1986. She was active, smart and lovely right up until her death.
"I can say my mental capacity is greater today than when I was 20, since it has been enriched by so many experiences," she said at age 103.