The optimist thinks that this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist knows it.Optimism, PessimismRobert Oppenheimer
I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.Nuclear WeaponsRobert Oppenheimer
In some sort of crude sense, which no vulgarity, no humor, no overstatement can quite extinguish, the physicists have known sin; and this is a knowledge which they cannot lose.PhysicsRobert Oppenheimer
Science is not everything, but science is very beautiful.ScienceRobert Oppenheimer
The peoples of this world must unite or they will perish.PeaceRobert Oppenheimer
No man should escape our universities without knowing how little he knows.Education, CollegeRobert Oppenheimer
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.PhysicsRobert Oppenheimer
To try to be happy is to try to build a machine with no other specification than that it shall run noiselessly.HappinessRobert Oppenheimer, October 1929
I need physics more than friends.PhysicsRobert Oppenheimer
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.Nuclear WeaponsRobert Oppenheimer
Any man whose errors take ten years to correct is quite a man.Robert Oppenheimer
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.Robert Oppenheimer
Scientists are not delinquents. Our work has changed the conditions in which men live, but the use made of these changes is the problem of governments, not of scientists.Robert Oppenheimer
It was evening when we came to the river
With a low moon over the desert
that we had lost in the mountains, forgotten,
what with the cold and the sweating
and the ranges barring the sky.
And when we found it again,
In the dry hills down by the river,
half withered, we had
the hot winds against us.
There were two palms by the landing;
The yuccas were flowering; there was
a light on the far shore, and tamarisks.
We waited a long time, in silence.
Then we heard the oars creaking
and afterwards, I remember,
the boatman called us.
We did not look back at the mountains.