J. Robert Oppenheimer Quotes

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J. Robert Oppenheimer Quotes

The greatest of the changes that science has brought is the acuity of change; the greatest novelty the extent of novelty.
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In battle, in forest, at the precipice in the mountains,
On the dark great sea, in the midst of javelins and arrows,
In sleep, in confusion, in the depths of shame,
The good deeds a man has done before defend him.

— J. Robert Oppenheimer

To the confusion of our enemies.

— J. Robert Oppenheimer

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

I was born in New York in 1904.

— J. Robert Oppenheimer

To try to become happy is to try to build a machine with no other specifications than it shall run noiselessly.

— J. Robert Oppenheimer

In the spring of 1936, I was introduced by friends to Jean Tatlock. In the autumn, I began to court her. We were at least twice close enough to marriage to think of ourselves as engaged.

— J. Robert Oppenheimer

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

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

Everyone wants rather to be pleasing to women and that desire is not altogether, though it is very largely, a manifestation of vanity. But one cannot aim to be pleasing to women any more than one can aim to have taste, or beauty of expression, or happiness; for these things are not specific aims which one may learn to attain; they are descriptions of the adequacy of one's living. 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

Truth, not a pet, is man's best friend.

— J. Robert Oppenheimer

Optimists think that this is the best of all possible worlds; pessimists fear they are right.

— J. Robert Oppenheimer

It is proper to the role of the scientist that he not merely find new truth and communicate it to his fellows, but that he teach, that he try to bring the most honest and intelligible account of new knowledge to all who will try to learn.

— J. Robert Oppenheimer

If we must live with a perpetual sense that the world and the men in it are greater than we and too much for us, let it be the measure of our virtue that we know this and seek no comfort.

— J. Robert Oppenheimer

Things which stimulate my curiosity are pretty far removed from the practical and therefore from classification.

— J. Robert Oppenheimer

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

The best way to send information is to wrap it up in a person.

— J. Robert Oppenheimer

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