stand on the shoulders of giants


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stand on the shoulders of giants

To make discoveries, insights, or progress due to the discoveries or previous work of great minds that have come before. Though this is indeed an exciting discovery toward curing cancer, we have stood on the shoulders of giants to reach this point today.
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A friend shared with me these words of Albert Einstein: 'We stand on the shoulders of giants and at times hold up the sky.