“If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?”
“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
“The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.”
“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” –Albert Einstein
“If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.”
“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”
“The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.”
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
“Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.”
“Through the release of atomic energy, our generation has brought into the world the most revolutionary force since prehistoric man’s discovery of fire. This basic force of the universe cannot be fitted into the outmoded concept of narrow nationalisms.
For there is no secret and there is no defense; there is no possibility of control except through the aroused understanding and insistence of the peoples of the world. We scientists recognise our inescapable responsibility to carry to our fellow citizens an understanding of atomic energy and its implication for society. In this lies our only security and our only hope – we believe that an informed citizenry will act for life and not for death.
“If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.”
“He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despiceable an ignoreable war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action!