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George Wald Quotes and Sayings

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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

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

Our business is with life, not death.
- 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The concept of war crimes is an American invention.
- 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 peacetime draft is the most un-American thing I know.
- George Wald

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

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

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 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

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

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

When you are in any contest,
you should work as if there were -
to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.
This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
- Winston Churchill

Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory.
Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.
- Sun Tzu

If I am happy in spite of my deprivations,
if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith,
so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life.
If, in short, I am an optimist,
my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.
- Helen Keller
...
Helen Keller (1880-1968) overcame being both deaf and blind
to become a famous author, lecturer, and activist
for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and ending war.

It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war
is nothing but an act of murder.
- Albert Einstein

Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson

We will not learn how to live together in peace
by killing each other's children.
- Jimmy Carter

War settles nothing.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

We have no enemies,
we have only friendships that we haven't yet developed
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You can discover what your enemy fears most
by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
- Michael Moncur

The supreme art of war is
to subdue the enemy without fighting.
- Sun Tzu

The problems of victory are more agreeable
than those of defeat,
but they are no less difficult.
- Winston Churchill

Men ought either to be indulged or utterly destroyed,
for if you merely offend them, they take vengeance,
but if you injure them greatly, they are unable to retaliate,
so that the injury done to a man
ought to be such that vengeance cannot be feared.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

The way to win an atomic war is to make certain it never starts.
- Omar N. Bradley

If we don't end war, war will end us.
- H. G. Wells

When you have to kill a man,
it costs nothing to be polite.
- Winston Churchill

Older men declare war.
But it is the youth that must fight and die.
- Herbert Hoover

In peace, sons bury their fathers.
In war, fathers bury their sons.
- Herodotus

Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.
We know more about war that we know about peace,
more about killing that we know about living.
- Omar N. Bradley

You can't say civilization don't advance...
in every war they kill you in a new way.
- Will Rogers

When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.
- Carl Sandburg

I do not believe that the men who served in uniform
in Vietnam have been given the credit they deserve.
It was a difficult war against an unorthodox enemy.
- William Westmoreland

An unjust peace is better than a just war.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

War is the unfolding of miscalculations.
- Barbara Tuchman

You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
- Jeannette Rankin

John Dalton's records, carefully preserved for a century,
were destroyed during the World War II bombing of Manchester.
It is not only the living who are killed in war.
- Isaac Asimov

There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed
to the advantage of others.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

War grows out of the desire of the individual to gain
advantage at the expense of his fellow man.
- Napoleon Hill

War is not an adventure.
It is a disease.
It is like typhus.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It is well that war is so terrible.
We should grow too fond of it.
- Robert E. Lee


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