Nuclear Quotes

To say, “If you desire peace, prepare for war,” is nuclear nonsense. In a nuclear war, no one has “a fighting chance”; there are no survivors.

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.

I consider your crime worse than murder… I believe your conduct in putting into the hands of the Russians the A-Bomb years before our best scientists predicted Ruissia would perfect the bomb has already caused, in my opinion, the Communist aggression in Korea, with the resultant casualties exceeding 50,000 and who knows but that millions […]

We are not bent on conquest or on threatening others. But we do have a nuclear umbrella that can protect others, above all the states to which we are allied or in which we have a great national interest.

If we do have too start over again with another Adam and Eve, then I want them to be Americans and not Russians, and I want them on this continent and not in Europe.

To my mind, the nuclear bomb is the most useless weapon ever invented. It can be employed to no rational purpose. It is not even an effective defense against itself. It is only something with which, in a moment of petulance or panic, you commit such fearful acts of destruction as no sane person would […]

We knew the world would never be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the “Bhagavad Gita”… “I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” I suppose we all thought that, one way or another. (Recalling the explosion of the […]

Anyone who expects a source of power from the transformation of the atom is talking moonshine.

When you are talking about absurd and preposterous quantities of overkill, the relationship size of arsenals has no serious meaning.

We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. (Recalling the explosion of the first atomic bomb near Alamogordo, New Mexico on July 16, 1945.)