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Scientists are not delinquents. Our work has changed the conditions in which men live, but the use made of these changes is the problem of governments, not of scientists.
Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds. (quoting the Bhagavad-Gita after witnessing the first Nuclear explosion.)
Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.
It is a profound and necessary truth that the deep things in science are not found because they are useful: they are found because it was possible to find them.
There are no secrets about the world of nature. There are secrets about the thoughts and intentions of men.
The atomic bomb made the prospect of future war unendurable. It has led us up those last few steps to the mountain pass and beyond there is a different country.
Science is not everything, but science is very beautiful.
The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true.
Both the man of science and the man of action live always at the edge of mystery, surrounded by it.
I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.
My childhood did not prepare me for the fact that the world is full of cruel and bitter things.
There are people who are willing to protect freedom until there is nothing left of it.
In the spring of 1936, I was introduced by friends to Jean Tatlock. In the autumn, I began to court her. We were at least twice close enough to marriage to think of ourselves as engaged.
My mother was born in Baltimore, and before her marriage, she was an artist and teacher of art.