To know reality is to accept it, and eventually to love it.
The Vietnamese have a secret weapon. It's their willingness to die beyond our willingness to kill. In effect, they've been saying, You can kill us, but you'll have to kill a lot of us you may have to kill all of us. And, thank heaven, we are not yet ready to do that.
The only use for an atomic bomb is to keep somebody else from using one.
The only point of government is to safeguard and foster life.
The concept of war crimes is an American invention.
So-called defense now absorbs sixty per cent of the national budget, and about twelve per cent of the Gross National Product.
Since we have had a history, men have pursued an ideal of immortality.
Science goes from question to question big questions, and little, tentative answers. The questions as they age grow ever broader, the answers are seen to be more limited.
I tell my students to try to know molecules, so well that when they have some question involving molecules, they can ask themselves, What would I do if I were that molecule
I tell my students to try early in life to find an unattainable objective.
I am growing old, and my future, so to speak, is already behind me.
And, you see, we are living in a world in which all wars are wars of defense.
A scientist should be the happiest of men.
A scientist lives with all reality. There is nothing better.
A scientist is in a sense a learned small boy. There is something of the scientist in every small boy. Others must outgrow it. Scientists can stay that way all their lives.
A lecture is much more of a dialogue than many of you probably realize.
We are the products of editing, rather than of authorship.
A physicist is an atom's way of knowing about atoms.
As you lecture, you keep watching the faces, and information keeps coming back to you all the time.
All War Departments are now Defense Departments. This is all part of the doubletalk of our time. The aggressor is always on the other side.
The trouble with most of the things that people want is that they get them.
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.
We've committed many war crimes in Vietnam - but I'll tell you something interesting about that. We were committing war crimes in World War II, before the Nuremberg trials were held and the principle of war crimes was stated.
We have to get rid of those nuclear weapons.
There is nothing worth having that can he obtained by nuclear war - nothing material or ideological - no tradition that it can defend. It is utterly self-defeating.