I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.
The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true.
When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and you argue about what to do about it only after you have had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.
No man should escape our universities without knowing how little he knows.
Access to the Vedas is the greatest privilege this century may claim over all previous centuries.
The atomic bomb made the prospect of future war unendurable. It has led us up those last few steps to the mountain pass; and beyond there is a different country.
There are children playing in the streets who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.
In some sort of crude sense, which no vulgarity, no humor, no overstatement can quite extinguish, the physicists have known sin; and this is a knowledge which they cannot lose.
Any man whose errors take ten years to correct is quite a man.
Both the man of science and the man of action live always at the edge of mystery, surrounded by it.
In the material sciences these are and have been, and are most surely likely to continue to be heroic days.
I had had a continuing smoldering fury about the treatment of Jews in Germany.
I need physics more than friends.
I never accepted Communist dogma or theory.
I was born in New York in 1904.
My childhood did not prepare me for the fact that the world is full of cruel and bitter things.
My life as a child did not prepare me for the fact that the world is full of cruel and bitter things.
My mother was born in Baltimore, and before her marriage, she was an artist and teacher of art.
Science is not everything, but science is very beautiful.
The peoples of this world must unite or they will perish.