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All Quotes by author - George Wald
" A lecture is much more of a dialogue than many of you probably realize. "
" 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. "
" Dropping those atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a war crime. "
" I have lived much of my life among molecules. They are good company. "
" 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? "
" It would be a poor thing to be an atom in a universe without physicists, and physicists are made of atoms. A physicist is an atom's way of knowing about atoms. "
" Nuclear weapons offer us nothing but a balance of terror, and a balance of terror is still terror. "
" Our business is with life, not death. "
" 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. "
" Since we have had a history, men have pursued an ideal of immortality. "
" The concept of war crimes is an American invention. "
" The Nobel Prize is an honor unique in the world in having found its way into the hearts and minds of simple people everywhere. It casts a light of peace and reason upon us all; and for that I am especially grateful. "
" The only point of government is to safeguard and foster life. "
" The only use for an atomic bomb is to keep somebody else from using one. "
" There is nothing worth having that can be obtained by nuclear war - nothing material or ideological - no tradition that it can defend. It is utterly self-defeating. "
" 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. "
" The thought that we're in competition with Russians or with Chinese is all a mistake, and trivial. We are one species, with a world to win. "
" The trouble with most of the things that people want is that they get them. "
" 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. "
" To know reality is to accept it, and eventually to love it. "
" We are the products of editing, rather than of authorship. "
" We have fallen in love with the body. That's that thing that looks back at us from the mirror. That's the repository of that lovely identity that you keep chasing all your life. "
" We have to get rid of those nuclear weapons. "
" 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. "
" You see, every creature alive on the earth today represents an unbroken line of life that stretches back to the first primitive organism to appear on this planet; and that is about three billion years. "
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