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Herman Kahn Quotes and Sayings

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Many people believe that the current system must inevitably
end in total annihilation.
They reject, sometimes very emotionally,
any attempts to analyze this notion.
- Herman Kahn

My guess is that nuclear weapons will be used sometime
in the next hundred years,
but that their use is much more likely to be small
and limited than widespread and unconstrained.
- Herman Kahn

A total nuclear freeze is counterproductive -
especially now,
when technology is rapidly changing and the Soviets
have some important strategic advantages.
- Herman Kahn

Nuclear weapons are intrinsically neither moral nor immoral,
though they are more prone to immoral use than most weapons.
- Herman Kahn

 

In a world which is armed to its teeth with nuclear weapons,
every quarrel or difference of opinion may lead to
violence of a kind quite different from what is possible today.
- Herman Kahn

I am against the whole cliche of the moment.
- Herman Kahn

The objective of nuclear-weapons policy should not
be solely to decrease the number of weapons in the world,
but to make the world safer - which is not necessarily the same thing.
- Herman Kahn

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Nuclear war is such an emotional subject that many
people see the weapons themselves as the common enemy of humanity.
- Herman Kahn

A surprising number of government committees will make
important decisions on fundamental matters with less
attention than each individual would give to buying a suit.
- Herman Kahn

Anything that reduces war-related destruction should
not be considered altogether immoral.
- Herman Kahn

Deterrence itself is not a preeminent value;
the primary values are safety and morality.
- Herman Kahn

Failures of perspective in decision-making can be due
to aspects of the social utility paradox,
but more often result from simple mistakes caused by inadequate thought.
- Herman Kahn

I'm against fashionable thinking.
- Herman Kahn

Because of new technologies, new wealth,
new conditions of domestic life and of international relations,
unprecedented criteria and issues are coming up for national decision.
- Herman Kahn

I'm against ignorance.
- Herman Kahn

There was no race - but to the extent that there was an arms competition,
it was almost entirely on the Soviet side,
first to catch up and then to surpass the Americans.
- Herman Kahn

Only those who are ideologically opposed to military
programs think of the defense budget as the first and
best place to get resources for social welfare needs.
- Herman Kahn

Human and moral factors must always be considered.
They must never be missing from policies and from public discussion.
- Herman Kahn

World War I broke out largely because of an arms race,
and World War II because of the lack of an arms race.
- Herman Kahn

I'm against sloppy, emotional thinking.
- Herman Kahn

New developments in weapon systems during the 1950s
and early 1960s created a situation that was most dangerous,
and even conducive to accidental war.
- Herman Kahn

For if enough people were really convinced that growth should be halted,
and if they acted on that conviction,
then billions of others might be deprived of any realistic
hope of gaining the opportunities now enjoyed by the more fortunate.
- Herman Kahn

From a scientific perspective there is some indication
that a nuclear war could deplete the earth's ozone layer or,
less likely, could bring on a new Ice Age -
but there is no suggestion that either the created
order or mankind would be destroyed in the process.
- Herman Kahn

The widespread diffusion of nuclear weapons would make many nations able,
and in some cases also create the pressure,
to aggravate an on-going crisis, or even touch off
a war between two other powers for purposes of their own.
- Herman Kahn

In 1960 I published a book that attempted to direct
attention to the possibility of a thermonuclear war,
to ways of reducing the likelihood of such a war,
and to methods for coping with the consequences should
war occur despite our efforts to avoid it.
- Herman Kahn

To the extent that these advanced weapons or their
components are treated as articles of commerce,
perhaps for peaceful uses as in the Plowshare program,
their cost would be well within the resources available
to many large private organizations.
- Herman Kahn

Hopefully, nations will refuse to accept a situation
in which nuclear accidents actually do occur,
and, if at all possible, they will do something to
correct a system which makes them likely.
- Herman Kahn

Projecting a persuasive image of a desirable and practical
future is extremely important to high morale,
to dynamism, to consensus, and in general to help the
wheels of society turn smoothly.
- Herman Kahn

It is immoral from almost any point of view to refuse
to defend yourself and others from very grave and terrible threats,
even as there are limits to the means that can be used in such defense.
- Herman Kahn

A healthy and fully functioning society must allocate
its resources among a variety of competing interests,
all of which are more or less valid but none of which
should take precedence over national security.
- Herman Kahn

For some years I have spent my time on exactly these questions -
both in thinking about ways to prevent war,
and in thinking about how to fight, survive,
and terminate a war, should it occur.
- Herman Kahn

CALM IN CHAOS
In the midst of the flurry - clarity.
In the midst of the storm - calm.
In the midst of divided interests - certainty.
In the many roads - a certain choice.
- Mary Anne Radmacher PHOTO

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is defined more by its contrasts than its samenesses;
Life is defined more by its risks than the many securities.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A man can fail many times,
but he isn't a failure until
he begins to blame somebody else.
- John Burroughs

There are as many pillows of illusion
as flakes in a snow-storm.
We wake from one dream into another dream.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Facts are many, but the truth is one.
- Rabindranath Tagore

All the great things are simple,
and many can be expressed in a single word:
freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
- Winston Churchill

After climbing a great hill,
one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
- Nelson Mandela

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize
how close they were to success when they gave up.
- Thomas Edison

Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head,
and knows not that it brings abundance
to drive away the hunger.
- Saint Basil

As every divided kingdom falls,
so every mind divided between
many studies confounds and saps itself.
- Leonardo da Vinci

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

The fox has many tricks.
The hedgehog has but one.
But that is the best of all.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.
- Publilius Syrus

Many a man fails as an original thinker
simply because his memory is too good.
- Nietzsche

Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
- William Shakespeare

Many people allow their need
for other people's approval to control their lives.
They spend their lives worrying about what others think of them.
- Rick Warren

Many persons have a wrong idea of
what constitutes true happiness.
It is not attained through self-gratification
but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
- Helen Keller

Many people love in themselves what they hate in others.
- E. F. Schumacher

Many hands make light work.
- Proverb

In the midst of the flurry - clarity.
In the midst of the storm - calm.
In the midst of divided interests - certainty.
In the many roads - a certain choice.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Don't give up. There are too many nay-sayers out there
who will try to discourage you.
Don't listen to them.
The only one who can make you give up is yourself.
- Sidney Sheldon

As many raindrops join to form a great river of water,
many souls join their highest intent to form
the river of evolved consciousness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life
are not only not indispensable,
but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.
- Henry David Thoreau

Many people excuse their own faults
but judge other persons harshly.
We should reverse this attitude
by excusing others' shortcomings
and by harshly examining our own.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Celebration has many different outfits
but she always wears the same beautiful dancing shoes.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.
- Alfred Adler

Too many people overvalue what they are not,
and undervalue what they are.
- Malcolm S. Forbes

Many men go fishing all of their lives
without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
- Henry David Thoreau

However many holy words you read, however many you speak,
what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
- The Buddha

Many important things shouldn't be done half-way.
Think of getting married, having children,
starting a business, changing your career.
There are times to gather your courage
and make the leap, the whole leap.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

And as he spoke of understanding,
I looked up and saw the rainbow leap
with flames of many colors over me.
- Black Elk

The beauty of facing life unprepared is tremendous.
Then life has a newness, a youth;
then life has a flow and freshness.
Then life has so many surprises.
And when life has so many surprises,
boredom never settles in you.
- Osho

Faith is the highest passion in a human being.
Many in every generation may not come that far, but none comes further.
- Soren Kierkegaard

I hear many people talk about their longing for a balanced life.
What I think they are really expressing
is a desire for a life with less pressure.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The moment you become miserly you are closed
to the basic phenomenon of life: expansion, sharing.
The moment you start clinging to things,
you have missed the target.
Because things are not the target,
you, your innermost being, is the target -
not a beautiful house, but a beautiful you;
not much money, but a rich you;
not many things, but an open being,
available to millions of things.
- Osho

There are not many things in life
so beautiful as true friendship,
and not many things more uncommon.
- Anonymous

We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
- Henry David Thoreau

Many societies have educated their male children
on the simple device of teaching them not to be women.
- Margaret Mead

Many people know so little about what
is beyond their short range of experience.
They look within themselves - and find nothing!
Therefore they conclude that there
is nothing outside themselves either.
- Helen Keller


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