There are children playing in the street 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
Source: Pearls of Wisdom
Contributed by: ingebrita
I am become death, shatterer of worlds.
Source: citing from the Bhagavad-Gita, after witnessing the world's first nuclear explosion
Contributed by: Zaady
Any man whose errors take ten years to correct is quite a man.
Source: speaking of Albert Einstein
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.
Source: to Edward R. Murrow, CBS TV, January 4, 1955
The optimist thinks that this is the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist knows it.
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.
Source: "The Tree of Knowledge" in Harper's, 217, 1958.
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