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Quotes of the Day for 16 July 2004 – Power

On this day in 1945 near Alamogordo, New Mexico in a place the Spaniards called "Journada del Muerto," the Journey of Death, the first atomic bomb test revealed a level of power that mankind had never before controlled. Let us pray that it is, in fact, under control.

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The quotes:

Nature is neutral. Man has wrested from nature the power to make the world a desert or to make the deserts bloom. There is no evil in the atom; only in men's souls.
     - Adlai Ewing Stevenson, 1900 - 1965

The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking, and we thus drift toward unparalled catastrophes.
     - Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955

It did not take atomic weapons to make man want peace, a peace that would last. But the atomic bomb was the turn of the screw. It has made the prospect of future war unendurable.
     - J. Robert Oppenheimer, 1904 - 1967

Science has always promised two things not necessarily related - an increase first in our powers, second in our happiness and wisdom; and we have come to realize that it is the first and less important of the two promises which it has kept most abundantly.
     - Joseph Wood Krutch, 1893 - 1970

The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself.
     - Winston Churchill, 1874 - 1965

I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.
     - The Bhagavad-Gita, quoted by Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer


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