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J. Robert Oppenheimer Quotes

J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “Genius sees the answer before the question.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “I need physics more than friends.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “Any man whose errors take ten years to correct is quite a man.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “We know too much for one man to know too much.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “We do not believe any group of men adequate enough or wise enough to operate without scrutiny or without criticism. We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it, that the only way to detect it is to be free to inquire. We know that in secrecy error undetected will flourish and subvert.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “The people of this world must unite or they will perish.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “There are no secrets about the world of nature. There are secrets about the thoughts and intentions of men.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “Pragmatism is an intellectually safe but ultimately sterile philosophy.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “A pragmatist is concerned with results, not reality.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “To try to be happy is to try to build a machine with no other specification than that it shall run noiselessly.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “It is perfectly obvious that the whole world is going to hell. The only possible chance that it might not is that we do not attempt to prevent it from doing so.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “We may be likened to two scorpions in a bottle, each capable of killing the other, but only at the risk of his own life.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “When we deny the EVIL within ourselves, we dehumanize ourselves, and we deprive ourselves not only of our own destiny but of any possibility of dealing with the EVIL of others.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “The best way to send information is to wrap it up in a person.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “Both the man of science and the man of action live always at the edge of mystery, surrounded by it.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “To the confusion of our enemies.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “Science is not everything, but science is very beautiful.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “There is something irreversible about acquiring knowledge; and the simulation of the search for it differs in a most profound way from the reality.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “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.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “No man should escape our universities without knowing how little he knows.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “It is a profound and necessary truth that the deep things in science are not found because they are useful; they are found because it was possible to find them.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “When you see something that is technically sweet you go ahead and do it.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “Access to the Vedas is the greatest privilege this century may claim over all previous centuries.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “The physicists have known sin; and this is a knowledge which they cannot lose.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “The most beautiful philosophical song existing in any known tongue.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “Discovery follows discovery, each both raising and answering questions, each ending a long search, and each providing the new instruments for a new search.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “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.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “You can certainly destroy enough of humanity so that only the greatest act of faith can persuade you that what’s left will be human.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “In the material sciences these are and have been, and are most surely likely to continue to be heroic days.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “The open society, the unrestricted access to knowledge, the unplanned and uninhibited association of men for its furtherance-these are what may make a vast, complex, ever growing, ever changing, ever more specialized and expert technological world, nevertheless a world of human community.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “Sometimes the answer to fear does not lie in trying to explain away the causes, sometimes the answer lies in courage.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “Truth, not a pet, is man’s best friend.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “Things which stimulate my curiosity are pretty far removed from the practical and therefore from classification.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “I can’t think that it would be terrible of me to say – and it is occasionally true – that I need physics more than friends.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “The greatest of the changes that science has brought is the acuity of change; the greatest novelty the extent of novelty.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “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.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “There must be no barriers for freedom of inquiry. There is no place for dogma in science. The scientist is free, and must be free to ask any question, to doubt any assertion, to seek for any evidence, to correct any errors.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “If atomic bombs are to be added as new weapons to the arsenals of a warring world, or to the arsenals of nations preparing for war, then the time will come when mankind will curse the names of Los Alamos and Hiroshima. The people must unite, or they will perish.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “My childhood did not prepare me for the fact that the world is full of cruel and bitter things.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “Maybe General Groves was right. Maybe we should just banish thinking forever.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “We know that the wages of secrecy are corruption. We know that in secrecy, error undetected will flourish and subvert.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “The history of science is rich in example of the fruitfulness of bringing two sets of techniques, two sets of ideas, developed in separate contexts for the pursuit of new truth, into touch with one another.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “We hunger for nobility: the rare words and acts that harmonize simplicity and truth.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “The theory of our modern technic shows that nothing is as practical as theory.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “Taken as a story of human achievement, and human blindness, the discoveries in the sciences are among the great epics.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “When all thermonuclear sources of energy are exhausted a sufficiently heavy star will collapse. Unless fission due to rotation, the radiation of mass, or the blowing off of mass by radiation, reduce the star’s mass to the order of that of the sun, this contraction will continue indefinitely.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer Quote: “Today, it is not only that our kings do not know mathematics, but our philosophers do not know mathematics and – to go a step further – our mathematicians do not know mathematics.”
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