Leo Szilard

Leo Szilard
Leo Szilard
  • Born: February 11, 1898
  • Died: May 30, 1964
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Scientist

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A great power imposes the obligation of exercising restraint Power
A scientist's aim in a discussion with his colleagues is not to persuade, but to clarify. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Even if we accept, as the basic tenet of true democracy, that one moron is equal to one genius, is it necessary to go a further step and hold that two morons are better than one genius? Equality & Equal Opportunity
Fermi thought that the conservative thing was to play down the possibility that a chain reaction might happen, and I thought that the conservative thing was to assume that it would happen and take all the necessary precautions. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
Governments acting in a crisis are guided by questions of expediency, and moral considerations are given very little weight, and that America is no different from any other nation in this respect. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
I think this is going to be a black day in the history of mankind. Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy ;Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
If one knows only what one is told, one does not know enough to be able to arrive at a well-balanced decision. Propaganda & Disinformation
I'm all in favor of the democratic principle that one idiot is as good as one genius, but I draw the line when someone takes the next step and concludes that two idiots are better than one genius Equality & Equal Opportunity
In order to succeed it is not necessary to be much cleverer than other people. All you have to do is be one day ahead of them. Leaders & Leadership
It is quite probable that Germany will rearm and I do not believe this will be stopped by intervention of other powers within the next years. Therefore it is likely in a few years to have two heavily armed antagonistic groups in Europe, and the consequence is that we shall get war … War & Peace
The development of atomic power will provide the nations with new means of destruction. The atomic bombs at our disposal represent only the first step in this direction, and there is almost no limit to the destructive power which will become available in the course of their future development. Thus a nation which sets the precedent of using these newly liberated forces of nature for purposes of destruction may have to bear the responsibility of opening the door to an era of devastation on an unimaginable scale. Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
The people who have sufficient passion for the truth to give the truth a chance to prevail, if it runs counter to their bias, are in a minority. How important is this "minority?" It is difficult to say at this point, for, at the present time their influence on governmental decisions is not perceptible. Human Nature ;Miscellaneous
These experiments might make it possible to produce power by means of nuclear energy and radioactive elements. Unfortunately also perhaps atomic bombs. Energy ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
We turned the switch, saw the flashes, watched for ten minutes, then switched everything off and went home. That night I knew the world was headed for sorrow Energy ;Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
Do your work for six years; but in the seventh, go into solitude or among strangers, so that the memory of your friends does not hinder you from being what you have become. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Don't lie if you don't have to.
If you want to succeed in the world, you don't have to be much cleverer than other people. You just have to be one day earlier.
I'm all in favor of the democratic principle that one idiot is as good as one genius, but I draw the line when someone takes the next step and concludes that two idiots are better than one genius.
Pronouncement of experts to the effect that something cannot be done has always irritated me.
We turned the switch, saw the flashes, watched for ten minutes, then switched everything off and went home. That night I knew the world was headed for sorrow.