Nuclear Quotes

As the bomb fell over Hiroshima and exploded, we saw an entire city disappear. I wrote in my log the words: “My God, what have we done?” (Air Force captain and Enola Gay copilot. Remarks on the 10th anniversary of the atom bomb, May 19, 1955)

Well, I would – if they realized that we – again if – if we led them back to that stalemate only because our retaliatory power, our seconds, or strike at them after our first strike, would be so destructive they they couldn’t afford it, that would hold them off.

The lighting effects beggar description. The whole country was lighted by a searing light with the intensity many times that of the midday sun. It was golden, purple, violet, gray, and blue. It lighted every peak, crevasse and ridge of the near-by mountain range with a clarity and beauty that cannot be described but must […]

There’s only one way to get rid of nuclear weapons – use ’em. All of ’em. Then there won’t be anyone left to build more.

All the waste in a year from a nuclear power plant can be stored under a desk.

The hydrogen bomb is not the greatest danger of our time. After all, the most it could do would be to transfer vast numbers of human beings from this world to another and more vital one into which they would some day go anyway. (Archbishop of Canterbury, 1954)

I would sever Korea from Manchuria by laying a field of radioactive wastes – the by products of atomic manufacture – across all major lines of enemy supply. Once the enemy supplies are exhausted, American reinforcements and Chinese Nationalists will make simultaneous amphibious and airborne landings at the upper end of both coasts of North […]

If nuclear power plants are safe, let the commercial insurance industry insure them. Until these most expert judges of risk are willing to gamble with their money, I’m not willing to gamble with the health and safety of my family.

In nuclear war all men are cremated equal.

America is the only country in the world that’s still in the business of making bombs that can end the world and TV shows that make it seem like a good idea.