A physicist is an atom's way of knowing about atoms.
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.
The trouble with most of the things that people want is that they get them.
I have lived much of my life among molecules. They are good company.
I tell my students to try early in life to find an unattainable objective.
Our business is with life, not death.
The only point of government is to safeguard and foster life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dropping those atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a war crime.
The concept of war crimes is an American invention.
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.