a dwarf standing on the shoulders of giants

a dwarf standing on the shoulders of giants

A person whose insights, discoveries, or knowledge in general is not due to their own ingenuity, but rather due to the discoveries or previous work of great minds that have come before. Though this is indeed an exciting discovery toward curing cancer, I am but a dwarf standing on the shoulders of giants. If I have been able to make any kind of success in this field, it is only because I am a dwarf standing on the shoulders of giants who paved the way ahead of me. That scientist is so arrogant, with zero awareness that he's just a dwarf standing on the shoulders of giants who came before him in the field of X-ray crystallography.
See also: giant, of, on, shoulder, standing
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