The world is bad but not without hope. It is only hopeless when you look at it from an ideal viewpoint.
News reports don't change the world. Only facts change it, and those have already happened when we get the news.
Humor is the mask of wisdom.
It is surely easier to confess a murder over a cup of coffee than in front of a jury.
Our science has become terrible, our research dangerous, our findings deadly. We physicists have to make peace with reality. Reality is not as strong as we are. We will ruin reality.
A state always calls itself fatherland when it is ready for murder.
That there is also freedom in captivity, only a prisoner can claim. Coming from a prison guard, this statement would be blasphemy.
Revolutions demand enormous sacrifices and, at the same time, create a new need to change the world again.
The difference between humans and wild animals is that humans pray before they commit murder.
The content of physics is the concern of physicists, its effect the concern of all men.
One does not set fire to a world which is already lost
There are risks which are not acceptable: the destruction of humanity is one of them
The art of the cuisine, when fully mastered, is the one human capability of which only good things can be said.
It is bad luck for world history that of all people the Russians adopted Communism, because they are totally unfit for it.
Above all, be suspicious of your fatherland. Nobody is more inclined to become a murderer than a fatherland.
So then learn to conquer your fear. This is the only art we have to master nowadays: to look at things without fear, and to fearlessly do right.
We are not cave dwellers anymore, we live in the age of technology. When someone needs a car, he does not need to build it. He can buy it. When someone needs a murder, he himself does not need to kill. He can order it.
A story has been thought to its conclusion when it has taken its worst possible turn.
Emotions have no place in business, unless you do business with them.
The rightful claim to dissent is an existential right of the individual.
Every work of art depicts an aspect of reality.
A major power can afford a military debacle only when it looks like a political victory.
To not be afraid in our world is the message that doesn't derive from reason, but maybe from this mysterious capacity given to humans which we call--not without a little embarrassment--faith.
Someone who is about to die does not mourn the dead.
Today's Communism can survive only if it abandons the myth of an infallible party, if it continues to think, and if it becomes democratic.
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