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    I claim that relativity and the rest of modern physics is not complicated. It can be explained very simply. It is only unusual or, put another way, it is contrary to common sense.
    — Edward Teller
    tags: physics 
     
    The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy; the best weapon of a democracy is openness.
    — Edward Teller
    tags: democracy 
     
    U.S. has lost a battle more important and greater than Pearl Harbor.
    — Edward Teller
    tags: lost  battle 
     
    No, I'm the infamous Edward Teller.
    — Edward Teller
    In the theater you create a moment, but in that moment, there is a touch, a twinkle of eternity. And not just eternity, but community. . . . That connection is a sense of life for me.
    — Edward Teller
    There is a time for scientists and movie stars and those who have flown the atlantic to restrain their opinions lest they be taken more seriously than they should be.
    — Edward Teller
    tags: time  star  opinion  movie  scientist 
     
    If there ever was a misnomer, it is "exact science." Science has always been full of mistakes. The present day is no exception. And our mistakes are good mistakes; they require a genius to correct. Of course, we do not see our own mistakes.
    — Edward Teller
    tags: present  mistakes  genius 
     
    When Columbus took off, the purpose was to improve trade relations with China. That problem has not been solved to this very day, but just look at the by-products.
    — Edward Teller
    tags: problem 
     
    We must learn to live with contradictions, because they lead to deeper and more effective understanding.
    — Edward Teller
    I believe in good. It is an ephemeral and elusive quality. It is the center of my beliefs, but it cannot be strengthened by talking about it.
    — Edward Teller
    tags: belief  believe  quality 
     
    I hate doubt, yet I am certain that doubt is the only way to approach anything worth believing in.
    — Edward Teller
    tags: hate  doubt  worth 
     
    No endeavor that is worthwhile is simple in prospect; if it is right, it will be simple in retrospect.
    — Edward Teller
    tags: right 
     
    I believe in excellence. It is a basic need of every human soul. All of us can be excellent, because, fortunately, we are exceedingly diverse in our ambitions and talents.
    — Edward Teller
    A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes. It is innocent, unless found guilty. A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe. It is guilty, until found effective.
    — Edward Teller
    tags: believe  facts  novel 
     
    Secrecy, once accepted, becomes an addiction.
    — Edward Teller
    tags: addiction 
     
    Had we not pursued the hydrogen bomb, there is a very real threat that we would now all be speaking Russian. I have no regrets.
    — Edward Teller
    tags: regret  real 
     
    The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function.
    — Edward Teller
    tags: human  race 
     
    Today, nothing is unusual about a scientific discovery's being followed soon after by a technical application: The discovery of electrons led to electronics; fission led to nuclear energy. But before the 1880's, science played almost no role in the advances of technology. For example, James Watt developed the first efficient steam engine long before science established the equivalence between mechanical heat and energy.
    — Edward Teller
    The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.
    — Edward Teller
    Science attempts to find logic and simplicity in nature. Mathematics attempts to establish order and simplicity in human thought.
    — Edward Teller
    I think that intellectuals who end up in hell will have to read page proofs and check indexes there.
    — Edward Teller
    tags: hell  read 
     
    I believe in evil. It is the property of all those who are certain of truth. Despair and fanaticism are only differing manifestations of evil.
    — Edward Teller
    There's no system foolproof enough to defeat a sufficiently great fool.
    — Edward Teller
    tags: fools 
     
    When you get to the end of all the light you know and it's time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.
    — Edward Teller
    tags: time  darkness  knowing  faith 
     
    Today's science is tomorrow's technology.
    — Edward Teller
    The scientist is not responsible for the laws of nature. It is his job to find out how these laws operate. It is the scientist's job to find the ways in which these laws can serve the human will. However, it is not the scientist's job to determine whether a hydrogen bomb should be constructed, whether it should be used, or how it should be used. This responsibility rests with the American people and with their chosen representatives.
    — Edward Teller
    In our educational institutions applied science may almost be described as a "no-man's land."
    — Edward Teller
    tags: educational 
     
    If anyone wants a hole in the ground, nuclear explosives can make big holes
    — Edward Teller
    tags: nuclear 
     
    The eyes of childhood are magnifying lenses.
    — Edward Teller
    tags: eyes  childhood 
     
    I tried to contribute to the defeat of the Soviets. If I contributed 1%, it is 1% of something enormous.
    — Edward Teller
    There is no case where ignorance should be preferred to knowledge - especially if the knowledge is terrible.
    — Edward Teller
    tags: ignorance 
     
    Could we have avoided the tragedy of Hiroshima? Could we have started the atomic age with clean hands? No one knows. No one can find out.
    — Edward Teller
    tags: age  tragedy 
     
    A state-of-the-art calculation requires 100 hours of CPU time on the state-of-the-art computer, independent of the decade.
    — Edward Teller
    tags: time  computer 
     
    [Chemistry] laboratory work was my first challenge. ... I still carry the scars of my first discovery-that test-tubes are fragile.
    — Edward Teller
    tags: work  challenge 
     
    My experience has been in a short 77 years that in the end when you fight for a desperate cause and have good reasons to fight, you usually win.
    — Edward Teller
    tags: experience  fight  year 
     
    Two paradoxes are better than one they may even suggest a solution.
    — Edward Teller
    Secrecy in science does not work. Withholding information does more damage to us than to our competitors.
    — Edward Teller
    tags: work 
     
    Society's emissions of carbon dioxide may or may not turn out to have something significant to do with global warming-the jury is still out.
    — Edward Teller
    Physics without mathematics is meaningless.
    — Edward Teller
    Really exotic methods of propulsion . . . will have to be devised to get there. How it will be done, I do not know. Whether it will be done, I am not quite certain. But I would bet it can be done.
    — Edward Teller
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