J. Robert Oppenheimer

A Quote by J. Robert Oppenheimer on children, perception, and physics

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

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A Quote by J. Robert Oppenheimer on death

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I am become death, shatterer of worlds.

J. Robert Oppenheimer

Source: citing from the Bhagavad-Gita, after witnessing the world's first nuclear explosion

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A Quote by J. Robert Oppenheimer on optimism and pessimism

The optimist thinks that this is the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist knows it.

J. Robert Oppenheimer

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A Quote by J. Robert Oppenheimer on mathematics

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.

J. Robert Oppenheimer

Source: "The Tree of Knowledge" in Harper's, 217, 1958.

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A Quote by J. Robert Oppenheimer on correction and errors

Any man whose errors take ten years to correct is quite a man.

J. Robert Oppenheimer

Source: speaking of Albert Einstein

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A Quote by J. Robert Oppenheimer on destruction, faith, humanity, and persuasion

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

Source: to Edward R. Murrow, CBS TV, January 4, 1955

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