Nuclear Quotes

The atom bomb will never go off – and I speak as an expert in explosives.

The lesson we should learn – and the frightening thing which we did learn in the course of the war, was – how easy it is to kill people when you turn your mind to it. When you turn the resources of modern science to the problem of killing people, you realize how vulnerable they […]

Japan was at that very moment seeking some way to surrender with a minimum loss of ‘face’… It wasn’t necessary to hit them with that awful thing.

First we got the bomb and that was good, ‘Cause we love peace and motherhood. Then Russia got the bomb, but that’s O.K., ‘Cause the balance of power’s maintained that way! Who’s next? France got the bomb, but don’t you grieve, ‘Cause they’re on our side (I believe). China got the bomb, but have no […]

A nuclear power plant is infinately safer than eating, because 300 people choke to death on food every year.

Our tragedy today is a general and universal physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear it.

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.