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George Wald
November 18, 1906 - April 12, 1997
Nationality: American
Category: Scientist
Subcategory: American Scientist

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


We have to get rid of those nuclear weapons.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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