„I know what the atom looks like!“

—  Ernest Rutherford, David Wilson, Rutherford, Simple Genius (1983)
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—  Jorge Luis Borges Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, and a key figure in Spanish language literature 1899 - 1986
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„I didn't like the atom bomb or any part of it.“

—  Ernest King United States Navy admiral, Chief of Naval Operations 1878 - 1956
King's comment to Commander Whitehill on July 4, 1950, which was transcribed in Whitehill's notes. As quoted in The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb and the Architecture of an American Myth (1995) by Gar Alperovitz, p. 321

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„I wish I had a twin, so I could know what I'd look like without plastic surgery.“

—  Joan Rivers American comedian, actress, and television host 1933 - 2014
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„Atomic war is bad but you know what’s even worse? Having had enough atomic wars that you can rank them in terms of horribleness.“

—  James Nicoll Canadian fiction reviewer 1961
Review of Voodoo Planet: Solar Queen, book 3 by Andre Norton http://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/oh-andre-norton-no, 2015

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