I came across a couple of quotes attributed to the renowned chemist and physicist Marie Curie some time ago from The Quotations Page, a great site for quotable quotes. Marie Curie had no religious affiliation; according to online sources she was agnostic from an early age, with no other commentary regarding her religious/spiritual life. That said, I find it very interesting that her quotes below contain wisdom very much in line with Buddhist practice. Enjoy.
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and…share a general responsibility for all humanity.