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The thought that we're in competition with Russians
by George Wald

The thought that we're in competition with Russians
or with Chinese is all a mistake,
and trivial.
We are one species, with a world to win.
- George Wald

The only point of government is to safeguard and foster life.
- George Wald

The concept of war crimes is an American invention.
- George Wald

Since we have had a history, men have pursued an ideal of immortality.
- George Wald

 

And, you see, we are living in a world in which all
wars are wars of defense.
- George Wald

I think all of you know there is no adequate defense
against massive nuclear attack.
- George Wald

The only use for an atomic bomb is to keep somebody else from using one.
- George Wald

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In fact, death seems to have been a rather late invention in evolution.
One can go a long way in evolution before encountering an authentic corpse.
- George Wald

So-called defense now absorbs sixty per cent of the national budget,
and about twelve per cent of the Gross National Product.
- George Wald

We are the products of editing, rather than of authorship.
- George Wald

Nuclear weapons offer us nothing but a balance of terror,
and a balance of terror is still terror.
- George Wald

We have fallen in love with the body.
That's that thing that looks back at us from the mirror.
That's the repository of that lovely identity that
you keep chasing all your life.
- George Wald

There's life all over this universe,
but the only life in the solar system is on earth,
and in the whole universe we are the only men.
- George Wald

There is nothing worth having that can he obtained by nuclear war -
nothing material or ideological -
no tradition that it can defend.
It is utterly self-defeating.
- George Wald

A lecture is much more of a dialogue than many of you probably realize.
- George Wald

A physicist is an atom's way of knowing about atoms.
- George Wald

It would be a poor thing to be an atom in a universe without physicists,
and physicists are made of atoms.
A physicist is an atom's way of knowing about atoms.
- George Wald

Our business is with life, not death.
- George Wald

Science goes from question to question;
big questions,
and little, tentative answers.
The questions as they age grow ever broader,
the answers are seen to be more limited.
- George Wald

I have lived much of my life among molecules.
They are good company.
- George Wald

The trouble with most of the things that people want is that they get them.
- George Wald

Dropping those atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a war crime.
- George Wald

I tell my students to try early in life to find an unattainable objective.
- George Wald

A scientist lives with all reality.
There is nothing better.
- George Wald

To know reality is to accept it, and eventually to love it.
- George Wald

A scientist should be the happiest of men.
- George Wald

As you lecture, you keep watching the faces,
and information keeps coming back to you all the time.
- George Wald

A peacetime draft is the most un-American thing I know.
- George Wald

All War Departments are now Defense Departments.
This is all part of the doubletalk of our time.
The aggressor is always on the other side.
- George Wald

I am growing old, and my future, so to speak,
is already behind me.
- George Wald

A scientist is in a sense a learned small boy.
There is something of the scientist in every small boy.
Others must outgrow it.
Scientists can stay that way all their lives.
- George Wald

I tell my students to try to know molecules,
so well that when they have some question involving molecules,
they can ask themselves, What would I do if I were that molecule?
- George Wald

We have to get rid of those nuclear weapons.
- George Wald

You see, every creature alive on the earth today represents
an unbroken line of life that stretches back to the
first primitive organism to appear on this planet;
and that is about three billion years.
- George Wald

As far as I know, the most conservative estimates of
the number of Americans who would be killed in a major nuclear attack,
with everything working as well as can be hoped and
all foreseeable precautions taken,
run to about fifty million.
- George Wald

We've committed many war crimes in Vietnam -
but I'll tell you something interesting about that.
We were committing war crimes in World War II,
before the Nuremberg trials were held and the principle
of war crimes was stated.
- George Wald

The Vietnamese have a secret weapon.
It's their willingness to die beyond our willingness to kill.
In effect, they've been saying, You can kill us,
but you'll have to kill a lot of us;
you may have to kill all of us.
And, thank heaven, we are not yet ready to do that.
- George Wald

It's not good enough to give it tender,
loving care, to supply it with breakfast foods,
to buy it expensive educations.
Those things don't mean anything unless this generation has a future.
And we're not sure that it does.
- George Wald

The Nobel Prize is an honor unique in the world in
having found its way into the hearts and minds of simple people everywhere.
It casts a light of peace and reason upon us all;
and for that I am especially grateful.
- George Wald

Just when the caterpillar thought
the world was over, it became a butterfly.
- Anonymous

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

There are two kinds of failures:
those who thought and never did,
and those who did and never thought.
- Laurence J. Peter

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

Friendship is born at that moment
when one person says to another,
"What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
- C. S. Lewis

It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

When I examine myself and my methods of thought,
I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy
has meant more to me than
any talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
- Albert Einstein

Always aim at complete harmony
of thought and word and deed.
Always aim at purifying your thoughts
and everything will be well.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Curiosity keeps one young - in thought and in action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sometimes I think we're alone.
Sometimes I think we're not.
In either case, the thought is staggering.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Exercise free-will.
CHOOSE each and every action you make,
every thought you think,
and every emotion you feel.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Reality is what you believe it to be.
It's what you put your thought and energy into,
because your hands physically manifest thought.
So your world becomes what you feel and what you think.
- Jewel

Be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you,
opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.
- Henry David Thoreau

The ancestor of every action is a thought.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others,
you should put a good deal of thought
into the happiness that you are able to give.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

So your father, or your mother,
never thought you were good enough - SO WHAT?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought,
happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
- The Buddha

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light,
but by making the darkness conscious.
- Carl Jung

Promise me you'll never forget me because if I thought you would, I'd never leave.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

As soon as man does not take his existence for granted,
but beholds it as something
unfathomably mysterious, thought begins.
- Albert Schweitzer

Nay, be a Columbus to whole new
continents and worlds within you,
opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.
- Henry David Thoreau

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains,
but the thought which it suggests;
just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones
but in the echoes of our hearts.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

In the uttermost meaning of the words,
thought is devout, and devotion is thought.
Deep calls unto deep.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The glow of one warm thought
is to me worth more than money.
- Thomas Jefferson

A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

I want it said of me by those who knew me best,
that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower
where I thought a flower would grow.
- Abraham Lincoln

Action is no less necessary than thought
to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

If you want to improve,
be content to be thought foolish and stupid.
- Epictetus

You must not under any pretense allow
your mind to dwell on any thought
that is not positive, constructive, optimistic, kind.
- Emmet Fox

We thought that we had the answers,
it was the questions we had wrong.
- Bono

It is wonderful to have Faith,
but don't confuse trust with being gullible.
Balance trust with conscious thought.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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