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George Wald Quotes


An American scientist who is best known for his work with pigments in the retina.
(1906 - 1997)

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

A peacetime draft is the most un-American thing I know.
 

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

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.
 

A scientist lives with all reality. There is nothing better.
 

A scientist should be the happiest of men.
 

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.
 

And, you see, we are living in a world in which all wars are wars of defense.
 

As far as I know, the most conservative estimates of the number of Americans who would be killed in a major nuclear attack, with everything working as well as can be hoped and all foreseeable precautions taken, run to about fifty million.
 

As you lecture, you keep watching the faces, and information keeps coming back to you all the time.
 

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

I am growing old, and my future, so to speak, is already behind me.
 

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.
 

I tell my students to try to know molecules, so well that when they have some question involving molecules, they can ask themselves, What would I do if I were that molecule?
 

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

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.
 

It would be a poor thing to be an atom in a universe without physicists, and physicists are made of atoms. A physicist is an atom's way of knowing about atoms.
 

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.
 

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


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