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J. Robert Oppenheimer Quotes and Sayings

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance;
the wise grows it under his feet.
- J. Robert Oppenheimer

Related topics: Wisdom Self Happy Insight Attitude Positive Choice

I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.
- J. Robert Oppenheimer

Both the man of science and the man of action live
always at the edge of mystery,
surrounded by it.
- J. Robert Oppenheimer

"It worked." (said after witnessing the first atomic detonation).
- J. Robert Oppenheimer

 

Any man whose errors take ten years to correct is quite a man.
- J. Robert Oppenheimer

The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds.
The pessimist fears it is true.
- J. Robert Oppenheimer

In the material sciences these are and have been,
and are most surely likely to continue to be heroic days.
- J. Robert Oppenheimer

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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.
- J. Robert Oppenheimer

Access to the Vedas is the greatest privilege this
century may claim over all previous centuries.
- J. Robert 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.
- J. Robert Oppenheimer

No man should escape our universities without knowing how little he knows.
- J. Robert 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.
- J. 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.
- J. Robert Oppenheimer

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson PHOTO

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,
adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. -
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A wise man can learn more from a foolish question
than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
- Bruce Lee

Until you'll willing to look foolish,
you'll never have the possibility of being great.
- Cher

You will do foolish things,
but do them with enthusiasm.
- Colette

When the water starts boiling
it is foolish to turn off the heat.
- Nelson Mandela

A widespread belief is more often likely
to be foolish than sensible.
- Bertrand Russell

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

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

Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.
- Albert Einstein

Few of the many wise apothegms which have been uttered
have prevented a single foolish action.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

Even in the centuries which appear to us to be the
most monstrous and foolish,
the immortal appetite for beauty has always found satisfaction.
- Charles Baudelaire

Education, n.: That which discloses to the wise and
disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.
- Ambrose Bierce

Advice in old age is foolish; for what can be more
absurd than to increase our provisions for the road
the nearer we approach to our journey's end.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures,
but the foolish to be a slave to them.
- Epictetus

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather we should thank God that such men lived.
- George S. Patton

The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing
and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person
of sense and character detests and despises it.
- George Washington

It would not be foolish to contemplate the possibility
of a far greater progress still.
- John Maynard Keynes

To decide to become a philosopher seemed as foolish
to me as to decide to become a poet.
- Karl Jaspers

No grand idea was ever born in a conference,
but a lot of foolish ideas have died there.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

It would be foolish to suggest that government is a
good custodian of aesthetic goals.
But, there is no alternative to the state.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

In regard of the rich grace and wisdom of his love toward his people;
for who sees not,
but that it is a curse to be unready as these foolish virgins,
who were therefore shut out.
- Thomas Shepard

I had never done TV.
I think it's a foolish medium for, most rock 'n roll music.
Nobody ever comes off well on TV.
- Dan Fogelberg

There is nothing more foolish, nothing more given to
outrage than a useless mob.
- Herodotus

Woman is always fickle - foolish is he who trusts her.
- Francis I

As a vessel is known by the sound, whether it be cracked or not;
so men are proved,
by their speeches, whether they be wise or foolish.
- Demosthenes

It is foolish to tear one's hair in grief,
as though sorrow would be made less by baldness.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

I think it would be very foolish not to take the irrational seriously.
- Jeanette Winterson

You don't have any kind of sense of being foolish when you are acting.
When you're younger you don't want to look a fool,
so you don't do things that might make you vulnerable.
- Tom Wilkinson

This is our mercury, our lunary, but whosoever thinks
of any other water besides this,
is ignorant and foolish, never attaining to the desired effects.
- George Ripley

Am I foolish and insignificant or am I great? I gave
all the individuals in the world cause to kneel down in front of me.
- Sun Myung Moon

I guess none of us like to look back in our lives to
a time when we made poor judgments and foolish mistakes.
- John Clayton

Luck is merely an illusion, trusted by the ignorant
and chased by the foolish.
- Timothy Zahn

There is no refuge from memory and remorse in this world.
The spirits of our foolish deeds haunt us,
with or without repentance.
- Gilbert Parker

We read on the foreheads of those who are surrounded by a foolish luxury,
that fortune sells what she is thought to give.
- Jean de La Fontaine

I sort of missed one big thing, to touch first base.
I hope I didn't act foolish, but this is history.
- Mark McGwire

The foolish and cruel notion that a wife is to obey
her husband has sent more women to the grave than to
the courts for a divorce.
- Lemuel K. Washburn

It would be a foolish high representative who worked that way.
- Paddy Ashdown

Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.
- Euripides

There are well-dressed foolish ideas just as there are well-dressed fools.
- Nicolas de Chamfort

I'm not denyin' the women are foolish.
God Almighty made 'em to match the men.
- George Eliot

The foolish are like ripples on water,
For whatsoever they do is quickly effaced;
But the righteous are like carvings upon stone,
For their smallest act is durable.
- Horace

Education is a crutch with which the foolish attack
the wise to prove that they are not idiots.
- Karl Kraus

We were young, we were foolish, we were arrogant,
but we were right.
- Daniel Ellsberg

New York is a field of tireless and antagonistic interests
undoubtedly fascinating but horribly unreal.
Everybody is looking at everybody else a foolish crowd walking on mirrors.
- Wallace Stevens

To be idle is a short road to death
and to be diligent is a way of life;
foolish people are idle,
wise people are diligent.
- The Buddha

The point of living and of being an optimist is to
be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come.
- Peter Ustinov

I have maintained a passionate interest in education,
which leads me occasionally to make foolish and ill-considered
remarks alleging that not everything is well in our schools.
- Philip Pullman

I will never do another TV series.
It couldn't top I Love Lucy, and I'd be foolish to try.
In this business, you have to know when to get off.
- Lucille Ball

Everyone who comes out does a very foolish thing in
bringing such a quantity of clothes that he never wants.
- William John Wills

I was being foolish.
An atheist can't stand behind their assertion that God doesn't exist.
The stupidest thing I ever could have done was to reject His Truth.
- Kirk Cameron

Until you're ready to look foolish, you'll never have
the possibility of being great.
- Cher

Who is more foolish? The fool or the fool that follows it?
- Alec Guinness

I may be getting old, but not foolish.
- Elia Kazan

I think any man in business would be foolish to fool
around with his secretary.
If it's somebody else's secretary, fine.
- Barry Goldwater

It is even more damaging for a minister to say foolish things than to do them.
- Cardinal De Retz

One has to be foolish or irredeemably stupid to believe
that anything good can come to Europe from the land of presumed opportunity.
- Julius Streicher

Superstition is foolish, childish, primitive and irrational -
but how much does it cost you to knock on wood?
- Judith Viorst


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