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Leo Szilard

Don't lie if you don't have to.

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You may assume infinite ignorance and unlimited intelligence.

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A scientist's aim in a discussion with his colleagues is not to persuade, but to clarify.

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Pronouncement of experts to the effect that something cannot be done has always irritated me.

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If one knows only what one is told, one does not know enough to be able to arrive at a well-balanced decision.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Suppose Germany had developed two bombs before we had any bombs. And suppose Germany had dropped one bomb, say, on Rochester and the other on Buffalo, and then having run out of bombs she would have lost the war. Can anyone doubt that we would then have defined the dropping of atomic bombs on cities as a war crime, and that we would have sentenced the Germans who were guilty of this crime to death at Nuremberg and hanged them? But, again, don't misunderstand me. The only conclusion we can draw is that 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.

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