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As long as some of us choose to rely on nuclear weapons, we continue to risk that these same weapons will become increasingly attractive to others. Mohamed ElBaradei
I am become death, the destroyer of worlds. J. Robert Oppenheimer
What has kept the world safe from the bomb since 1945 has not been deterrence, in the sense of fear of specific weapons, so much as it's been memory. The memory of what happened at Hiroshima. John Hersey
The greatest achievement of America in the last 70 years has been the prevention of a post Nagasaki nuclear proliferation. Ari Shavit
I believe we have been fleeced. Bob Corker
Death from high dose radiation was without undue suffering. Leslie Richard Groves Jr.
We have a moral imperative to keep up the search for something better than mutual assured destruction. James D. Watkins
Within 4 months, we shall in all probability have completed the most terrible weapon ever known in human history; one bomb which will destroy a whole city Henry L. Stimson
I do not regard the atomic bomb as a new weapon merely, but as a revolutionary change in the relations of man in the universe. Henry L. Stimson
It gives a bigger bang for a buck. Charles E. Wilson
The bomb will not start a chain-reaction in the water converting it all to gas and letting the ships on all the oceans drop down to the bottom. It will not blow out the bottom of the sea and let all the water run down the hole. It will not destroy gravity. William H. P. Blandy
You boys must be crazy. We can't use that awful thing against Asians for the second time in a decade. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Research in the realm atomic destruction, has now proceeded to point where its results may possibly be made use of in the conduct of the war. Tremendous destruction … can be wrought with a minimum of effort ….Modern technique places in the hands of human beings means of destruction that are simply incredible. German science is at its peak in this matter. It is essential that we be ahead of everybody. Joseph Goebbels
... merely another weapon. Barry Goldwater
Nuclear weapons are what make us a great power. Pavel Grachev
The newspapers in India report claims that India has now become the world’s 6th superpower, a fact apparently evident only to those who are making the claim. Karl Inderfurth
Let's keep calm about this Don't overplay the story. Louis A. Johnson
The overriding element of American security interest is to keep weapons of mass destruction under responsible control. Jack Matlock
If an SDI (Strategic Defense Initiative) system were to keep out ninety percent of incoming nuclear missiles, it would be a ninety percent success and most Americans would be dead. George McGovern
Here we are in the middle of a big war and you guys are fooling around. Kenneth D. McKellar
Yes Mr. President, of course I can, and where in Tennessee did you want to hide it. Kenneth D. McKellar
Unprecedented opportunities for new scientific experience ... Metropolitan Edison Corporation
We see your willingness to die beautifully. We don’t see the need to die beautifully. Anastas Ivanovich Mikoyan
The secret of atomic energy does not belong to America … it belongs to al mankind. Wayne L. Morse
Man now has the power to put an end to his own history. Thomas E. Murray
A nuclear weapon is not just a football that you can use at will. Pervez Musharraf
We have been obliged to respond to the compulsions of our society. Pervez Musharraf
So terrible a weapon simply had to have an important peaceful use ... We were grimly determined to prove that this discovery was not just a weapon. David Eli Lilienthal
The decision to use any kind of nuclear weapon, even the tactical ones, presents such a risk of it getting out of control so quickly … John F. Kennedy
In the next war the survivors will envy the dead. Nikita Khrushchev
I don’t want the West to be used as the place where we store the nation’s nuclear waste. John Kitzhaber
If you set aside Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, the safety record of nuclear is really very good. Paul O'Neill
I proved not only that stupidity is a general human property but that I possessed a full share of it. Edward Teller
Having found the bomb we used it. We have used it against those who attacked us without warning at Pearl Harbor, against those who have starved and beaten and executed American prisoners of war, against those who have abandoned all pretense of obeying international laws of warfare. We have used it in order to shorten the agony of war, in order to save the lives of thousands of thousands of young Americans. Harry S Truman
We have evidence that within recent weeks an atomic explosion occurred in the U.S.S.R. Harry S Truman
When you have the weapon that will win the war, you'd be foolish not to use it. Harry S Truman
There is only one thing worse than one nation having the atomic bomb -- that's two nations having it. Harold Urey
The atomic issue was a natural path into political issues. Andrei Sakharov
The test is pointless. It will kill people for no reason Andrei Sakharov
Uranium Committee of the National Bureau of Standards Franklin D. Roosevelt
If we have to start over again with another Adam and Eve, I want them to be Americans, not Russians. Richard B. Russell Jr.
Several highly improbable and therefore unforeseen failures. Russia
For the first time in history we have got more energy out of something than we put in … [but] …. Anyone who expects a source of power from the transformation of the atom is talking moonshine. Ernest Rutherford
Any country that has a nuclear bomb is a super power. Vernon A. Walters
I want to question the blood holier-than-thou attitudes of the Americans and the British. Are these bastards God-appointed guardians of the world to stockpile hundreds of thousands of nuclear warheads and have they God-given authority to carry out explosions every month? If we start a modest programme, we are the Satans, the devils… Abdul Qadeer Khan
Jappy ending Australian Tribune
This Arab Islamic nation must obtain a nuclear bomb. Without a nuclear bomb, we will continue to be oppressed. Ahmad Hassani Baghdadi
You see what pressure the enemies of the world of Islam exert with regard to the issue of nuclear energy in Iran. They know we are not pursuing the atomic bomb. They are concerned because of the progress of science in this country, and because of the progress of technology in any Islamic country. This Islamic country has shown it does not surrender to America's policies. It has shown that it is not afraid of America. They believe that this Islamic country should not have the most important technology in the world today --- nuclear technology. That is why they exert such pressure. Ali Khamenei
I support the right of Iran and of any Arab country to have nuclear weapons. This is our right, brothers…. if any Arab country had nuclear weapons at any point in history, America and Israel would have never dared to do what they are doing to the entire Arab nation. Sameh Ashour
I want to avoid an Okinawa from one end of Japan to the other Harry S Truman
The most terrible bomb in the history of the world. Harry S Truman
To be a major power, a country must have nuclear weapons. Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
Without Pearl Harbor there would not have been Hiroshima. Anonymous
If India builds the bomb we will eat grass or leaves, we will go hungry. But we will get one of our own. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
It is folly to argue whether one weapon is more immoral than another. For, in a larger sense, it is war itself which is immoral. Omar N. Bradley
We cannot allow the world’s worst leaders to threaten us with the world’s worst weapons. George W. Bush
We can do better than condone a world in which nuclear weapons are accepted as commonplace. George Lee Butler
The first use of the nuclear weapon gives a great advantage to the user. Fidel Castro
Limiting nuclear war is like limiting the mission of a match thrown in a keg of gunpowder. John C. Culver
You boys must be crazy. We can’t use those awful things against Asians for the second time in less than ten years. Dwight D. Eisenhower
We won’t be carrying on with government. We’ll be grubbing for worms. Dwight D. Eisenhower
You can’t make progress in any of the other problems in the world if people are undernourished. James T. Morris
The Buddha is smiling. Anonymous
Unanimously: There is in neither customary nor conventional international law any specific authorization of the threat or use of nuclear weapons; By eleven votes to three: There is in neither customary nor conventional international law any comprehensive and universal prohibition of the threat or use of nuclear weapons as such; International Court of Justice
If the race of nuclear armaments is allowed to develop, the only apparent way in which our country could be protected from the paralyzing effects of a sudden attack is by dispersal of industries which are essential for our war effort and dispersal of the population of our major metropolitan cities. James Frank
In the past, science has often been able to provide adequate protection against new weapons it has given into the hands of an aggressor, but it cannot promise such efficient protection against the destructive use of nuclear power James Frank
The only reason to treat nuclear power differently from all the other developments in the field of physics is its staggering possibilities as a means of political pressure in peace and sudden destruction in war. James Frank
The 509 Composite Group, 20th Air Force will deliver its first special bomb as soon as weather will permit visual bombing after about 3 August 1945 on one of the targets: Hiroshima, Kokura, Niigata and Nagasaki. To carry military and civilian scientific personnel from the War Department to observe and record the effects of the explosion of the bomb, additional aircraft will accompany the airplane carrying the bomb. Thomas T. Handy
There's lots of sentiment for nuking Mecca. Rich Lowry
The danger today resides in the Disaster Lobby—those crepe-hangers who, for personal gain or out of sheer ignorance, are undermining the American system and threatening the lives and fortunes of the American people. Some people have let the gloom-mongers scare them beyond rational response with talk about atomic annihilation. ... Since World War II over one billion human beings who worried about A- bombs and H-bombs died of other causes. They worried for nothing Thomas Shepard
The statesmen of the world who boast and threaten that they have Doomsday weapons are far more dangerous, and far more estranged from “reality”, than many of the people on whom the label “psychotic” is affixed. David Lange
You can’t go making new nuclear weapons and talk to the rest of the world about giving them up. Jessica Mathews
This diffusion of nuclear weapons is terrible…terrible. Imagine a world with a large number of states with nuclear bombs. Romano Prodi
What is to their detriment is to our advantage. Winston Churchill
It is our responsibility not to make charges we can't substantiate James F. Leonard
Biological weapons in the hands of terrorists or states represent such a serious threat to our security and to international security that we must focus on prevention. Elisa D. Harris
Any verification (or confidence-building) apparatus. It will almost always be heavily dependent on the sincere desire of a government to demonstrate that it is not cheating on an agreement. Even in a relatively open society, a government has considerable powers of concealment. The United States, for example, has successfully concealed large, "black" weapons programs, and India denied having chemical weapons stockpiles for years before finally acknowledging them. A tyrannical regime … therefore has almost total ability to defeat on-site inspection systems. James F. Leonard
A rifle muzzle launched projectile having a launch tube defining an interior cavity, and having an opening at one end with an inner diameter sized to fit over the end of a rifle muzzle; a bullet trap located in the launch tube cavity; and a payload assembly mounted on the launch tube. The payload assembly is further configured for safely releasing a payload in a controlled manner. The payload assembly also includes a casing for retaining an aerosol composition; a propellant located in the casing; a primer for igniting the propellant; and a frangible portion of the casing in contact with the aerosol composition. United States Army
Although biological weapons are highly dangerous, their actual use in war and in terrorist attacks has been relatively rare Arms Control Association
If we get hit again, with a biological or chemical attack, we will become a much less liberal society. Peter Beinart
Now we are all sons of bitches. Kenneth Bainbridge
I think that our work contributed to the safety of the world. Edward Teller
Any possession of nuclear weapons in the Middle East is a danger. Turk Al Faisal
Is it really more barbaric to be killed by chemicals than by “legitimate” weapons? Gary Bass
The presence of these large, long-range, and clearly offensive weapons of sudden mass-destruction—constitutes an explicit threat to the peace and security of all the Americas... John F. Kennedy
The goal [of disarmament] is no longer a dream. It is a practical matter of life or death. The risks inherent in disarmament pale in comparison to the risks inherent in an unlimited arms race... John F. Kennedy
We should know how many defective children are being born because of the [nuclear] bomb tests. Linus Pauling
Each nuclear bomb test spreads an added burden of radioactive elements over every part of the world. Each added amount of radiation causes damage to the health of human beings all over the world and causes damage to the pool of human germ plasma such as to lead to an increase in the number of seriously defective children that will be born in future generations. Linus Pauling
Not only may our own culture be destroyed by these weapons of mass destruction, but all civilizations as they exist in the world may be retarded and weakened for centuries to come. It all adds up to the most dangerous situation that humanity has ever faced in all history Harold Urey
There is no secret; and there is no defense. Within some few years Russia and many smaller countries can have their installations ready to make atom bombs by the hundreds, just like America, Atom bombs are the cheapest means of town-destruction …. Russia has numbers of devoted agents in every country--they can easily be smuggled in and hidden, to destroy everything for miles around at the fixed moment. An immense army of security officers and spies will be needed, continually to inspect every box or case in any house. Anton Pannekoek
Even more shocking is a proposal to create a new biodefense research agency that would be completely exempt from FOIA ...We can all agree that the nation must prepare, but it should not do so in abject secrecy Patrick Leahy
Thousands of individuals who believe that they have suffered adverse medical effects as a result of the TMI accident will not have an opportunity to have their claims heard by a jury of their peers Sylvia H. Rambo
The use of explosive "atomic weapons," whether by air, sea, or land forces, cannot as such be regarded as violative of international law in the absence of any customary rule of international law or international convention restricting their employment. United States Army
Every thinking person fears nuclear war, and every technological nation plans for it. Carl Sagan
Peace and stability cannot be achieved by means of nuclear weapons. Gholamreza Aghazadeh
Admiral, you have wasted half an hour of my time. Joseph Alsop
What regrets I have about being a party to killing and maiming thousands of Japanese civilians this morning are tempered with the hope that the terrible weapon we have created may bring the countries of the world together and prevent further wars. Luis Alvarez
Yesterday, we clinched victory in the Pacific, but we sowed the whirlwind. Hanson Baldwin
We are here to make a choice between the quick and the dead.... We must elect World Peace or World Destruction. Bernard Baruch
By developing atomic energy for peaceful purposes, you reach the nuclear option. There are no two atomic energies. Ernst David Bergmann
The human race has today the means for annihilating itself—either in a fit of complete lunacy ... or by a careless handling of atomic technology, through the slow poisoning and of deterioration in its genetic structure. Max Born
I don't know why people are always afraid of a nuclear blast. Jimmy Breslin
I would not recommend the use of any atomic weapon, no matter how small, when both sides have the power to destroy the world. Charles R. Brown
In the real world of real political leaders a decision that would bring even one hydrogen bomb on one city of one's own country would be recognized as a catastrophic blunder. McGeorge Bundy
We were in the presence of a new factor in human affairs. We possessed powers which were irresistible ... our outlook on the future was transformed. Winston Churchill
With its present organization, staff and attitudes, the NRC [Nuclear Regulatory Commission] is unable to fulfill its responsibility for providing an acceptable level of safety for nuclear power plants. Commission on Three Mile Island
We are still at the stumbling stage in atomic weapons. Charles de Gaulle
Do not agree that any alleged violation exists .... Do not point out any possible/potential problem areas .... Do not volunteer any information. Department of Energy
There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in it's potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever. Thomas A. Edison
Radioactive poisoning of the atmosphere and hence annihilation of any life on earth has been brought within the range of technical possibility. Albert Einstein
The agency [Nuclear Regulatory Commission] still emphasizes reactor designs, instead of the more important safety problems, which focus on the soft spots: ongoing maintenance of the reactors and operator training. Victor Gilinsky
I have one more problem for your computer. How long will take five hundred thousand angry Americans to climb that White House wall out there and lynch their President if he does something like that? Lyndon B. Johnson
Just because we have a button here that will put off a blast over yonder is no reason you want to put that thumb on that button. Lyndon B. Johnson
Dig a hole, cover it with a couple of doors and then throw three feet of dirt on top.... It's the dirt that does it.... If there are enough shovels to go around, everbody's going to make it. Thomas K. Jones
Going underground is no answer. What kind of world would they come up to? What would they use for air? What would they use for food? ... What would they use for people? Robert B. Meyner
Now that the threat against which we need nuclear weapons is no longer clear, all that is clear is the threat of the nuclear weapons themselves—to the environment and the human race. Dominique Moisi
I say in all sincerity that the nuclear arms race has no military purpose. Wars cannot be fought with nuclear weapons; their existence only adds to our perils because of the illusions which they have generated. Louis Mountbatten
I do not like this word, bomb. It is not a bomb; it is a device which is exploding. Jacques Le Blanc
It is my opinion that the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender because of the effective sea blockade and the successful bombing with conventional weapons. William Daniel Leahy
The lethal possibilities of atomic warfare in the future are frightening. My own feeling was that in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages. I was not taught to make war in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children. We were the first to have this weapon in our possession, and the first to use it. There is a practical certainty that potential enemies will have it in the future and that atomic bombs will sometime be used against us. William Daniel Leahy
The lethal possibility of such atomic action in the future is frightening, and while we are the first to have it in our possession, there is a certainty that it will in the future be developed by potential enemies and that it will probably be used against us. William Daniel Leahy
We keep saying we have no other course; what we should be saying is we are not bright enough to see any other course. David Eli Lilienthal
The centerpiece of a serious campaign to prevent nuclear terrorism … should be denying terrorists access to weapons and their components. After all, no nuclear weapons or material means no nuclear terrorism; it’s that simple. Graham Tillett Allison Jr.
The papers are full of the atomic bomb [Hiroshima] which is going to revolutionize everything and blow us all to buggery. Not a bad idea. Noel Coward
I do not contend that driving people crazy even for a few hours is a pleasant prospect. But warfare is never pleasant... would you rather be temporarily deranged... by a chemical agent, or burned alive...? William M. Creasy
I was attempting to, with a good cover story, test to see what would happen in subways, for example, when a cloud was laid down on a city. It was denied on reasons that always seemed a little absurd to me William M. Creasy
Why should every country of the world not develop nuclear weapons now that America may nuke anyone at any time? … Those of us in Pakistan and India who have long fought against nuclearization of the subcontinent have been temporarily rendered speechless Pervez Amir Ali Hoodbhoy
All the time one keeps on thinking of this bomb, and what it may make the future look like. A perpetual menace over everything but may be as salutary as hell fire was in its time. Naomi Mitchison
Find it quite impossible to get excited about the atomic bomb as such, can’t see that it really alters anything. Malcolm Muggeridge
Our world has sprouted a weird concept of security and a warped sense of morality. Weapons are sheltered like treasures and children are exposed to incineration Bertrand Russell
I was haunted by the constant awareness that I might be required to calculate and decide in an instant of time whether some kind of nuclear action might be required in response to a real or imagined or mistaken attack perceived to be under way against my country. Mikhail Gorbachev
The nuclear threat is a direct product of the cult of force that has dominated the world for centuries. Mikhail Gorbachev
The Three Mile Island Report to President Carter, if published in its entirety, would have destroyed the civilian nuclear power industry because the accident at Three Mile Island was infinitely more dangerous than was ever made public. Hyman Rickover
The President has authorized certain commanders of Unified and Specified Commands to expend nuclear weapons in defense of the United States, its territories, possessions, and forces when the urgency of time and circumstances clearly does not permit a specific decision of the President, or other person authorized to act in his stead. Joint Chiefs of Staff
Current war plans call for the defense of Quemoy and Matsu by nuclear strikes deep into China …. The United States does not have a politically feasible capability to defend Quemoy and Matsu. I question whether, in the event of an attack on Quemoy and Matsu, we should or will run the very grave risk of general nuclear war attendant on our present military planning. Gerard C. Smith
When bomb bursts … fall flat on stomach. Cover face with arms; close eyes tightly…cover body with a few sheets of newspaper, a board, raincoat, or a torn strip of awning. Albuquerque Journal
We must not force an adversary into a choice between humiliating defeat and nuclear war. John F. Kennedy
I hope that you will use your new bomb against the Japanese. Joseph Stalin
Each State Party to this Convention undertakes to destroy, or to divert to peaceful purposes, as soon as possible but not later than nine months after the entry into force of the Convention, all agents, toxins, weapons, equipment and means of delivery …, which are in its possession or under its jurisdiction or control Anonymous
North Korea has enough chemical weapons to kill everyone in South Korea. Yi Ch'ung-guk
The whitewashing of windows can provide very effective protection against fire resulting from the heat-flash from nuclear explosions. William Whitelaw
The world has gone back a half a millennium in its conduct of international relations in time of war…. no nation has to bear a greater blame for this than our own ….As for Hiroshima and Nagasaki, some of us think it was shameful. Are we Christians? We act like pagans. J. Reuben Clark
The size of the armaments of every government should be strictly limited, for if the preparations for war and the military forces of any nation should be allowed to increase, they will arouse the suspicion of others. The fundamental principle underlying this solemn Pact should be so fixed that if any government later violate any one of its provisions, all the governments on earth should arise to reduce it to utter submission, nay the human race as a whole should resolve, with every power at its disposal, to destroy that government. Effendi Abbas; Abdul Baha
Unless the president can make a very compelling case that Saddam Hussein has his finger on a weapon of mass destruction and is about ready to use it, I do not think that now is the time to go to war against Saddam Hussein. Lawrence Eagleburger
Today nuclear weapons are a blunt instrument. Problems cannot be solved through bombs. They are of little use. We need logic. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Every man, woman and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident, miscalculation or madness. John F. Kennedy
And now the liberals want to stop President Reagan from selling chemical warfare agents and military equipment to Saddam Hussein and why? Because Saddam 'allegedly' gassed a few Kurds in his own country. Mark my words. All of this talk of Saddam Hussein being a 'war criminal' or 'committing crimes against humanity' is the same old thing. LIBERAL HATE SPEECH! Rush Limbaugh
Nuclear weapons exist. They probably always will. And they work, with horrible efficiency. They threaten the very future of our species. We have no choice but to manage that risk. Never again can we put the task out of our minds; nor trivialize it; nor make it routine. Pierre Trudeau
We don't want to start a nuclear war unless we really have to, now do we Jack? Peter Sellers
Nobody wants nuclear waste in their back yards. In a democracy where everyone has a say, most people say NO!. David Kastenbaum
We scorched and boiled and baked to death more people in Tokyo on that night of March 9-10 than went up in vapor at Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined Curtis LeMay
Big bomb dropped on Hiroshima 5 August at 7:15 PM Washington time. First reports indicate complete success which was even more conspicuous than earlier test. Henry L. Stimson
… that bloody invention… they could wipe out the whole world Winston Churchill
What Pakistan has not realized is that if you are an unstable country, and economically in a crisis, it doesn't really pay to have a nuclear device, because that device, too, becomes unstable Khaled Ahmed
Nuclear materials are not as safe as nuclear weapons …. The nuclear materials which are received after dismantling nuclear weapons are not as secure. Alexey Arbatov
The nation had come into existence, historically, as a device for protecting the lives, the institutions, and the property of its people, at least in those states in which property existed. And the function of the state had been just that, which is to provide a means of protecting the group, an extension of the tribal philosophy. But with atomic weapons, no nation was able any longer to perform its historic function. And yet we persisted in thinking that it did. The form existed but the ability to fulfill that particular function was annihilated along with the city of Hiroshima. Norman Cousins
The moral high ground in taking the first hit before attacking has been made obsolete by weapons of mass destruction….You cannot wait for a catastrophic event. Charles Hill
If you want to reduce nuclear weapons, get rid of bad judges, eliminate stupid laws…, you have my number. Mary McGrory
The simple truth is that the inspectors will never find anything the location of which has not been discovered through intelligence operations. Richard Perle
The Bush administration should come clean with the American people and admit that they were wrong. David Kay
Nuclear proliferation is inevitable … the "middle powers" of the world are simply not going to accept having zero weapons while the United States has thousands. Immanuel Wallerstein
After a nuclear attack, there will be a short period before fall-out starts to descend. Use this time to do essential things. Anonymous
I personally think that our failure to clear Dr. Oppenheimer will be a black mark on the escutcheon of our country. His witnesses are a considerable segment of the scientific backbone of our Nation and they endorse him. Ward V. Evans
In this age which boasts of its atomic power it no longer makes sense to maintain that war is a fit instrument with which to repair the violation of justice. John XXIII; Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli
Atoms for War and Atoms for Peace are Siamese twins. Hannes Olof Gosta Alfin
I think we have to get rid of nuclear weapons. The idea that somehow by having nuclear weapons you make the world a safer place is essentially insane. Dennis Kucinich
… the bombing ended the war, and I think that it couldn't be helped. Fumio Kyuma
If one single chemical warhead falls on Israel, we’ll hit Iraq with everything we have got. . . . look at your watch and forty minutes later an Iraqi city will be reduced to ashes. Ehud Barak
The important thing is what we do, and not the deceitful theory of reading others' intentions. This is also a new thing — they say: "We know that Iran's intention is to pursue nuclear weapons." Do you have a device that reads intentions? Ali Ardashir Larijani
We cannot have as our goal a world that cannot conceivably come to pass unless all scientific knowledge of the atom is erased. Alexander Haig
Do you know what people used to do? They used to explode atomic bombs in the air. Now children should have lots of Vitamin A and Calcium, but they shouldn’t have any Strontium 90 or Cesium 137. These things come from atomic bombs and they’re radioactive. They can make you die. Do you know what people finally did? They got together and signed a nuclear test ban treaty and then the radioactive poison started to go away. But now, there’s a man who wants to be president of the United States and he doesn’t like the treaty. He fought against it, even voted against it. Anonymous
American forces there could probably be cut by at least one-third if NATO commanders had the power to use nuclear weapons on their own initiative in an emergency. Barry Goldwater
Toys to frighten children Joseph Stalin
We'll eat grass, but we'll make a nuclear bomb. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
The nuclear industry in America was built on the back of the Defense Department. Jeffrey R. Immelt
We’ve never fought a damn war anywhere in the world where they didn’t kill innocent people. If the newspapers would just cut out the shit: 'You’ve killed so many civilians.' That’s their tough luck for being there. Paul W. Tibbets Jr.
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 Leo Szilard
We recommend that before this weapon be used without restriction in the present conflict, its powers should be adequately described and demonstrated, and the Japanese nation should be given the opportunity to consider the consequences of further refusal to surrender. Oak Ridge Scientists
If only I had known, I would have become a watchmaker. Albert Einstein
I think this is going to be a black day in the history of mankind. Leo Szilard
Some recent work by E. Fermi and L. Szilard, which has been communicated to me in manuscript, leads me to expect that the element uranium may be turned into a new and important source of energy in the immediate future .... This new phenomenon would also lead to the construction of bombs .... A single bomb of this type, carried by boat or exploded in a port, might very well destroy the whole port together with some of the surrounding territory. Albert Einstein
A craven fear of death is sweeping across America. Barry Goldwater
In the tragic situation which confronts humanity, we feel that scientists should assemble in conference to appraise the perils that have arisen as a result of the development of weapons of mass destruction.... There lies before us, if we choose, continual progress in happiness, knowledge, and wisdom. Shall we, instead, choose death, because we cannot forget our quarrels? We appeal, as human beings, to human beings: Remember your humanity, and forget the rest. If you can do so, the way lies open to a new Paradise; if you cannot, there lies before you the risk of universal death. Albert Einstein; Bertrand Russell
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. Leo Szilard
In the past, scientists could disclaim direct responsibility for the use to which mankind had put their disinterested discoveries. We cannot take the same attitude now because the success which we have achieved in the development of nuclear power is fraught with infinitely greater dangers than were all the inventions of the past. James Frank
Israel’s development of nuclear capability would be a cause for war, no matter how suicidal it would be for us. Gamal Abdel Nasser
The aggressor too should know that the preemptive use of nuclear weapons would not insure victory. With modern detection systems and the combat readiness of the Soviet Union's strategic nuclear forces, the United States would not be able to deal a crippling blow to the socialist countries. The aggressor will not be able to evade an all-crushing retaliatory strike Dmitriy Fyodorovich Ustinov
Could anyone in his right mind speak seriously of any limited nuclear war? It should be quite clear that the aggressor's actions will instantly and inevitably trigger a devastating counterstroke by the other side. None but completely irresponsible people could maintain that a nuclear war may be made to follow rules adopted beforehand, with nuclear missiles exploding in a "gentlemanly manner" over strictly designated targets and sparing the population. Dmitriy Fyodorovich Ustinov
Under no circumstances may nuclear weapons or other instruments of mass slaughter be used for the purpose of destroying population centers or other predominantly civilian targets. Retaliatory action which would indiscriminately and disproportionately take many wholly innocent lives, lives of people who are in no way responsible .for reckless actions of their government, must also be condemned. Catholic Bishops
I realize the tragic significance of the atomic bomb. Its production and its use were not lightly undertaken by this Government. But we knew that our enemies were on the search for it. We know now how close they were to finding it. And we knew the disaster which would come to this Nation, and to all peace-loving nations, to all civilization, if they had found it first. That is why we felt compelled to undertake the long and uncertain and costly labor of discovery and production. We won the race of discovery against the Germans. Harry S Truman
The atomic bomb is too dangerous to be loose in a lawless world. That is why Great Britain, Canada, and the United States, who have the secret of its production, do not intend to reveal that secret until means have been found to control the bomb so as to protect ourselves and the rest of the world from the danger of total destruction. Harry S Truman
The news today about 'Atomic bombs' is so horrifying one is stunned. The utter folly of these lunatic physicists to consent to do such work for war-purposes: calmly plotting the destruction of the world! Such explosives in men's hands, while their moral and intellectual status is declining, is about as useful as giving out firearms to all inmates of a gaol and then saying that you hope 'this will ensure peace'. But one good thing may arise out of it, I suppose, if the write-ups are not overheated: Japan ought to cave in. J. R. R. Tolkein
The atomic bomb is a marvelous gift that was given to our country by a wise God. Phyllis Schlafly
It is self-evident in Islam that it is prohibited to have nuclear bombs. It is eternal law, because the basic function of these weapons is to kill innocent people. This cannot be reversed … You cannot deliberately kill innocent people. Yousef Saanei
The reward for using the atom's power towards man's welfare is great and sure. The punishment for its misuse would seem to be death and the destruction of the civilization that has been growing for a thousand years. Arthur Holly Compton
If Iran gets nuclear weapons we are near to the apocalypse. John McCain
If France can produce 80 percent of its electricity with nuclear power, why can't we? John McCain
What will you tell them at your impeachment? That you had a weapon that would end the war immediately and you didn’t use it? James F. Byrnes
If this is to be done in humans, I feel that those concerned in the Atomic Energy Commission would be subject to considerable criticism as admittedly this would have a little of the Buchenward touch. Joseph G. Hamilton
Will your children be active or radioactive? Anonymous
We may well blow each other up with atomic weapons before we wipe out all species of life including our own with more gradual means. Robert N. Bellah
For me, Hitler was the personification of evil and the primary justification of the atomic bomb work. Now that the bomb could no longer be used against the Nazis, doubt arose. These doubts, even if they did not appear in official reports, were discussed in private conversations. Emilio G. Segre
In such a climate, no one who held a position of responsibility in the Manhattan Project could doubt that we were trying to perfect a weapon that, however repugnant to us as human beings, could nonetheless save untold numbers of American lives. Leslie Richard Groves Jr.
Given this background, we had no choice about the necessity of using the bomb. Robert Serber
We have spent $2 Billion on the greatest scientific gamble in history and won. The battle of the laboratories held fateful risks for us … and we have now won the battle of the laboratories as we have won the other battles. Harry S Truman
In a nuclear age, each of us is threatened when peace is not secured everywhere. Jimmy Carter
We do not believe that a nuclear war should be fought and we do not believe that a nuclear war can be won. Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Ultimately all the options are ugly… These decisions are very, very difficult Tony Blair
It is not delusional for Pakistan to fear that the United States is interested in de-nuking them. It is prudent paranoia. Graham Tillett Allison Jr.
If you are religious, then remember that this [nuclear] bomb is Man's challenge to God. It's worded quite simply: We have the power to destroy everything that You have created. If you're not religious, then look at it this way. This world of ours is 4.6 billion years old. It could end in an afternoon. Arundhati Roy
You might ask me why do I have nuclear powered ships. That is a necessary evil. I would sink them all (if they were not absolutely necessary). Hyman Rickover
I do not believe that nuclear power is worth it, if it creates radiation. Hyman Rickover
Until about two billion years ago, it was impossible to have any life on earth; that is, there was so much radiation on earth you couldn't have any life — fish or anything. Gradually, about two billion years ago, the amount of radiation on this planet—and probably in the entire system—reduced and made it possible for some form of life to begin... Now when we go back to using nuclear power, we are creating something which nature tried to destroy to make life possible... Every time you produce radiation, you produce something that has a certain half-life, in some cases for billions of years. I think the human race is going to wreck itself, and it is important that we get control of this horrible force and try to eliminate it. Hyman Rickover
A nuclear-power plant is infinitely safer than eating, because 300 people choke to death on food every year. Dixie Lee Ray
To launch weapons against a nuclear power would be suicide. To do so against a non-nuclear enemy would be militarily unnecessary, morally repugnant, and politically indefensible. Robert McNamara
I view current US nuclear weapons policy as immoral, illegal, militarily unnecessary and dreadfully dangerous, creating unacceptable risks to other nations and to our own" Robert McNamara
In the Cuban missile crisis [1962] we had 5,000 nuclear strategic weapons and the Russians had only 300.... Even though we had a 17 to 1 advantage, we were deterred. Even if only ten percent of their missiles got through, tens of millions of Americans would have died. We could not use our nuclear superiority. Robert McNamara
And we call ourselves the human race. John F. Kennedy
Nuclear weapons are the greatest national security risk to the United States, and they are the most important weapons in our arsenal. Eric Schlosser
The fewer nuclear weapons possessed by the fewest countries is safer, not only because of the possibility of a nuclear accident but also a nuclear war. Eric Schlosser
No nuclear weapon has detonated. Some nuclear weapons have exploded and spread radioactive plutonium…. The nuclear weapons of today are much safer than those of the 1980s. I worry about the way they are managed however. Eric Schlosser
In my school as a young girl, they taught us that we would be protected from the atomic bomb if we got under the desk. Margaret Atwood
When we say, “Never Again!”, we actuality don’t mean “sometimes”. We don’t mean “somewhere”. We mean “Never Again!” John Kerry
Nuclear powers must avert those confrontations which bring an adversary a choice of either a humiliating defeat or a nuclear war. Graham Tillett Allison Jr.
Unless Iran’s leadership believes that the costs of building a nuclear weapon will be greater than the benefit those weapons will provide, the Islamic Republic will become a nuclear-armed state. Graham Tillett Allison Jr.
I built a nuclear option to get peace, not to have bombs. Our enemies learned that they could not destroy us. Shimon Peres
Instead of planning to deter would-be [nuclear] proliferators, U. S. policy makers have developed a preference for preventative war, They now seem to feel that deterrence is too weak to deal with radical regimes, forgetting that the precise purpose of deterrence is to counter dangerous enemies, not cautious ones. Richard K. Betts
We are engaged in the defense of a way of life, and the great danger was that in defending this way of life we will find ourselves resorting to methods that endangered this way of life. Allen Dulles
Nuclear fusion is the energy source of the future and always will be. Anonymous
Maintaining a U. S. Nuclear Arsenal presents only one benefit today: deterring the use of nuclear weapons by others. Thus, there is simply no reason for nuclear weapons to play a central role in U. S. Defense Policy any longer. Wolfgang K. H. Panofsky
It may surprise people that the United States still has not explicitly renounced a policy of first use of nuclear weapons. If we really believe that no country should initiate a nuclear attack, why don’t we take the lead by making this our policy. It does not constrain us from responding to any attack. Lawrence M. Krauss
Most of our thinking about nuclear weapons is a hangover from different era …. Much about war, peace and global security changed after Hiroshima and changed again … with the end of the Cold war. It is high time our thinking changed as well. Lawrence M. Krauss
It is hard to seriously suggest that from a national-security standpoint, 1,000 warheads are not enough to protect the United States. Such an arsenal is literally overkill, sufficient to destroy every major population center on the planet outside of our borders. Lawrence M. Krauss
If we wish to convince countries like Iran that the development of nuclear weapons is not in their best interest, we need to demonstrate that maintaining or enhancing our own arsenal is not in our interest. Lawrence M. Krauss
The biggest risks posed by nuclear power come not from the technology but from the human institutions that govern how we use it. Charles D. Ferguson
What a paradox if our own cleverness in science should force us to live underground with the moles. J. William Fulbright
… man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life. John F. Kennedy
Survival Under Atomic Attack U. S. Office of Civilian Defense
… literature is the only consciousness we possess and that its role as consciousness must inform us of our ability to comprehend the hideous danger of nuclear power. John Cheever
Law not served by power is an illusion; but power not ruled by law is a menace which our nuclear age cannot afford Arthur Goldberg
I have no hope that a nuclear disaster can be avoided. George F. Kennan
No matter what we choose, our unwavering stance is to enhance the safety of nuclear power generation in the country. Sean Chen
I propose the immediate launching of a nuclear strike on the United States. The Cuban people are prepared to sacrifice themselves for the cause of the destruction of imperialism and the victory of world revolution. Fidel Castro
I rise today to commemorate one of the most fateful days in the history of the State of Colorado, the day the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant outside of Boulder nearly became America's own Chernobyl, some 30 years before that terrible accident in the Ukraine. Jared Polis
Nearly one third of Japan would have had to evacuate from their communities…. I came to believe that we should halt further operations of nuclear energy that entail such huge risks…. Japan can supply its energy needs without nuclear power Naoto Kan
We must create a new culture to improve [nuclear] safety. After making sure that it is safe, we must restart nuclear energy. Shinzo Abe
TEPCO is guilty of institutionalized lying…. TEPCO knew on March 12 that fuel had melted down, but they continued to lie for almost 2 months. They haven’t made an accounting of the past. We first have to determine why they lied. Hirohiko Izumida
There was nothing I knew that would indicate that if we could do it [create an atomic bomb], they [the Germans] couldn’t do it. Therefore I thought it was very important to try and cooperate. I felt I should do it in order to protect civilization. … Richard P. Feynman
… use of high yield nuclear weapons invariably created adverse public opinion … Greater emphasis should be placed on small atomic weapons. James Bennett McRae
To err is human. To forgive is not SAC policy. U. S. Air Force
Dwight Eisenhower… supported the nuclearization of the military and the militarization of nuclear weapons as a cost saving way of deterring the Soviets. Under Eisenhower, custody or nuclear weapons shifted from the civilian Atomic Energy Commission to the military. Gregory D. Koblentz
The lesson of Chernobyl is not an indictment of nuclear power as such. Nuclear power, designed well, regulated properly, cared for meticulously, has a place in the world’s energy supply. Al Gore
I used to represent the Congressional district of Oak Ridge Tennessee where the people have an immunity to radiation. Al Gore
That is simple my friend,: because politics is more difficult than physics Albert Einstein
The atomic bomb was the turn of the screw. It has made the prospect of future war unendurable. J. Robert Oppenheimer
The atomic bomb is shit.... It will make a big bang—a very big bang—but it is not weapon which is useful in war. J. Robert Oppenheimer
Atomic weapons with what we know today can be cheap… The cost will not break the bank of anyone who wants them…. J. Robert Oppenheimer
It worked. J. Robert Oppenheimer
Was there really any chance that an atomic bomb would trigger the explosion of the nitrogen in the atmosphere or the hydrogen in the ocean? J. Robert Oppenheimer
We have begun to repay the Japanese for their brutalities and their mass murders of helpless civilians and prisoners of war. We will not quit until they are completely crushed. You have an important part to play in their defeat. There must not be a letup! J. Robert Oppenheimer
No man in our position and subject to our responsibilities, holding in his hands a weapon of such possibility for accomplishing the purpose and saving those lives, could have failed to use it and look his countrymen in the face. J. Robert Oppenheimer
They are already here...they are called Hungarians! Enrico Fermi
Such a weapon [the proposed Hydrogen Bomb] goes far beyond any military objective and enters the range of very great natural catastrophes. By its very nature it cannot be confined to a military objective but becomes a weapon which in practical effect is almost one of genocide. It is clear that the use of such a weapon cannot be justified on any ethical ground which gives a human being a certain individuality and dignity even if he happens to be a resident of an enemy country... The fact that no limits exist to the destructiveness of this weapon makes its very existence and the knowledge of its construction a danger to humanity as a whole. It is necessarily an evil thing considered in any light. Enrico Fermi
The question of whether we should drop this new bomb on Japan involves such imponderable considerations as to remove it from the field of a military decision. George C. Marshall
We had won many pacific islands where the Japanese fought to the death rather than surrender …. We had killed 100,000 people in Tokyo in a single night. It destroyed the city but as far as we could tell it had no effect on their morale. We had to shock the Japanese into surrender. George C. Marshall
The atomic bomb ended the war. Therefore, it's use was justified. George C. Marshall
President’s Emergency Satchel Football, Biscuit Anonymous
Nuclear weapons are only good for deterring. It is insane that two men, sitting on opposite ends of the world, should be able to decide to bring an end to civilization. John F. Kennedy
The atom bomb is a paper tiger which the U. S. reactionaries use to scare people. It looks terrible, but in fact it isn't. Of course, the atom bomb is a weapon of mass slaughter, but the outcome of a war is decided by the people, not by one or two new types of weapons. Mao Zedong
The prospect of a nuclear war is not a bad thing because defeating capitalism would be worth losing up to two-thirds of the world’s population. Mao Zedong
The notion of Armageddon has created a self-defeating prophecy: the more frightened decision makers are, the more careful they become and the less likely they are to initiate any action that might bring about the dreaded escalation to nuclear use. Armageddon is averted to the degree it is feared. As a result, nuclear deterrence has not only worked remarkably well in peacetime and served to limit the scope and intensity of conventional warfare, but it is likely to work surprisingly well in a large U.S.-Soviet conventional, and even a limited nuclear, war. Herman Kahn
One significant indication of the effectiveness of deterrence is that the Soviet Union and the United States share the belief that a nuclear war would begin only out of desperation or inadvertence. A weakening of deterrence could increase the possibility of a calculated “voluntary” war or worse. Herman Kahn
Deterrence is part objective and part subjective. The objective part is that adequate military preparedness could be critical in some important circumstances. The subjective is, in part, the perception by the potential enemy of the other side’s power, determination, and courage, as well as its estimate of the wartime effectiveness of the other side’s relative nuclear capability. If the aggressor believes that his opponent has the weapons and will use them, deterrence is likely to be effective. Therefore, a nation’s defense lies, in part, in the credibility of its threat to use nuclear force as a last resort, which means that the need remains for coherent and plausible policies for the use of nuclear weapons. Herman Kahn
I want to work hard toward my goal that there will be zero nuclear power generation. Junichiro Koizumi
There is nothing more costly than nuclear power. Junichiro Koizumi
People have to carry on with their lives, so only so much direct action can take place. Anti-nuclear activism may look dormant from appearances, but it’s there, like magma. It’s still brewing, and the next trigger might be another big protest or political change, Koichi Nakano
These sailors are supposed to be very healthy. It’s not a normal situation. It is unbelievable that just in four or five years that these healthy sailors would become so sick. They gave their utmost efforts to help the Japanese people, I am no longer in government, but I couldn’t just let nothing be done. Junichiro Koizumi
Some Japanese officials are already mulling over the idea of developing long-range missiles for possible preemptive strikes against North Korea. And South Korea has been developing longer range missiles that can not only hit all of North Korea, but parts of China. “Meanwhile, both Japan and China are planning to open up massive reprocessing plants that could make one to 2,000 nuclear weapons worth of plutonium a year, even though there is no economic justification for opening such plants -- they're enormous money losers. And, of course, South Korea doesn't want to be left behind -- hawkish politicians there keep voicing a desire to develop an option to go nuclear. All this is a prescription for mischief and, if it’s not arrested, will end in a vale of tears. Henry D. Sokolski
China, North Korea's last ally in the world has just voted agaisnt them [in the United Nations]. What would you do if you thought every country in the world was against you and you wanted to survive? You would buy insurance. And the best insurance you could get to prevent invasion would be nuclear weapons, and that is just what North Korea has done. So now, when the President [Trump] threatens them, what do they do? They go out and buymore insurance. Fareed Zakaria
It's very difficult to engage your enemies on nuclear issues when you are having a trade war with your friends. Richard N. Haas