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A lecture is much more of a dialogue than many of you probably realize.
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A peacetime draft is the most un-American thing I know.
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A physicist is an atom's way of knowing about atoms.
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A scientist is in a sense a learned small boy. There is something of the scientist in every small boy. Others must outgrow it. Scientists can stay that way all their lives.
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A scientist lives with all reality. There is nothing better.
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A scientist should be the happiest of men.
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All War Departments are now Defense Departments. This is all part of the doubletalk of our time. The aggressor is always on the other side.
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An ABM is a nuclear weapon. It takes a nuclear weapon to stop a nuclear weapon. And our concern must be with the whole issue of nuclear weapons.
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And, you see, we are living in a world in which all wars are wars of defense.
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Another overwhelming threat is in the population explosion.
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As far as I know, the most conservative estimates of the number of Americans who would be killed in a major nuclear attack, with everything working as well as can be hoped and all foreseeable precautions taken, run to about fifty million.
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As for Vietnam, the expenditure of firepower there has been frightening.
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As you lecture, you keep watching the faces, and information keeps coming back to you all the time.
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Dropping those atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a war crime.
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For not all living creatures die. An amoeba, for example, need never die; it need not even, like certain generals, fade away. It just divides and becomes two new amoebas.
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I am a teacher, and at Harvard I have a class of about three hundred and fifty students - men and women - most of them freshmen and sophomores.
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I am growing old, and my future, so to speak, is already behind me.
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I have lived much of my life among molecules. They are good company.
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I say the Vietnam war is just an immediate incident because as long as we keep that big an Army, it will always find things to do.
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I tell my students to try early in life to find an unattainable objective.
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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?
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I tell them, Try to feel like a molecule; and if you work hard, who knows? Some day you may get to feel like a big molecule!
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I think all of you know there is no adequate defense against massive nuclear attack.
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I think that what we are up against is a generation that is by no means sure that it has a future.
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I think the Vietnam war is the most shameful episode in the whole of American history.
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I think we've reached a point of great decision, not just for our nation, not only for all humanity, but for life upon the earth.
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I, too, used to think that we had our immortality in the wrong place, but I don't think so any longer. I think it's in the right place. I think that is the only kind of immortality worth having - and we have it.
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If the concept of war crimes is ever to mean anything, they will have to be defined as categories of acts, regardless of alleged provocation. But that isn't so now.
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If the Vietnam war stopped tomorrow, the chances are that with that big a military establishment we would be in another such adventure, abroad or at home, before you knew it.
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In fact, death seems to have been a rather late invention in evolution. One can go a long way in evolution before encountering an authentic corpse.
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It is both easier and cheaper to circumvent any known nuclear defense system than to provide it. It's all pretty crazy.
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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.
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It's not good enough to give it tender, loving care, to supply it with breakfast foods, to buy it expensive educations. Those things don't mean anything unless this generation has a future. And we're not sure that it does.
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Life brought me rather early to vitamin A - but sometimes I grow a little restless and want to expand my horizons.
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Not that science isn't serious; but as everyone knows, being serious is one way of being happy, just as being gay is one way of being unhappy.
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Nuclear weapons offer us nothing but a balance of terror, and a balance of terror is still terror.
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Our business is with life, not death.
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Our challenge is to give what account we can of what becomes of life in the solar system, this corner of the universe that is our home; and, most of all, what becomes of men - all men, of all nations, colors, and creeds.
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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.
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Since we have had a history, men have pursued an ideal of immortality.
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So-called defense now absorbs sixty per cent of the national budget, and about twelve per cent of the Gross National Product.
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The concept of war crimes is an American invention.
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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.
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The only point of government is to safeguard and foster life.
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The only use for an atomic bomb is to keep somebody else from using one.
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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.
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The trouble with most of the things that people want is that they get them.
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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.
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There is every indication that the world population will double before the year 2000, and there is a widespread expectation of famine on an unprecedented scale in many parts of the world.
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There is nothing worth having that can he obtained by nuclear war - nothing material or ideological - no tradition that it can defend. It is utterly self-defeating.
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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.
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This has become one world, a world for all men. It is only such a world that can now offer us life, and the chance to go on.
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To know reality is to accept it, and eventually to love it.
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We are the products of editing, rather than of authorship.
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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.
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We have to get rid of those atomic weapons, here and everywhere. We cannot live with them.
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We have to get rid of those nuclear weapons.
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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.
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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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