Dropping those atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a war crime.
A lecture is much more of a dialogue than many of you probably realize.
The only use for an atomic bomb is to keep somebody else from using one.
It would be a poor thing to be an atom in a universe without physicists, and physicists are made of atoms. A physicist is an atom's way of knowing about atoms.
A scientist should be the happiest of men.
We are the products of editing, rather than of authorship.
The Nobel Prize is an honor unique in the world in having found its way into the hearts and minds of simple people everywhere. It casts a light of peace and reason upon us all; and for that I am especially grateful.
There's life all over this universe, but the only life in the solar system is on earth, and in the whole universe we are the only men.
I have lived much of my life among molecules. They are good company.
I am growing old, and my future, so to speak, is already behind me.
Since we have had a history, men have pursued an ideal of immortality.
It's not good enough to give it tender, loving care, to supply it with breakfast foods, to buy it expensive educations. Those things don't mean anything unless this generation has a future. And we're not sure that it does.
There is nothing worth having that can be obtained by nuclear war - nothing material or ideological - no tradition that it can defend. It is utterly self-defeating.
You see, every creature alive on the earth today represents an unbroken line of life that stretches back to the first primitive organism to appear on this planet; and that is about three billion years.
As you lecture, you keep watching the faces, and information keeps coming back to you all the time.
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