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„We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita: Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and, to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says, "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."“

—  Robert Oppenheimer American theoretical physicist and professor of physics 1904 - 1967

I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.
Interview about the Trinity explosion, first broadcast as part of the television documentary The Decision to Drop the Bomb (1965), produced by Fred Freed, NBC White Paper; the translation is his own. online video at atomicarchive.com http://www.atomicarchive.com/Movies/Movie8.shtml
It is possible that Oppenheimer is referring to Bhagavad-Gita xi:32: श्रीभगवानुवाच | कालोऽस्मि लोकक्षयकृत्प्रवृद्धो लोकान्समाहर्तुमिह प्रवृत्त: (śrī-bhagavān uvāca kālo 'smi loka-kṣaya-kṛt pravṛddho lokān samāhartum iha pravṛttaḥ) ("The blessed one [Krishna] said: I am the full-grown [or mighty] world-destroying Time [or Death], now engaged in destroying the worlds").

Statius photo

„Fear (in times of doubt the worst of prophets) revolves many things.“

—  Statius, book Thebaid

Original: (la) Plurima versat,
pessimus in dubiis augur, timor.
Source: Thebaid, Book III, Line 5

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„The wind is rising! . . . We must try to live!“

—  Paul Valéry French poet, essayist, and philosopher 1871 - 1945

As translated by by C. Day Lewis
Variant translations:
The wind is rising ... we must attempt to live.
Charmes ou poèmes (1922)
Context: The wind is rising!... We must try to live!
The huge air opens and shuts my book: the wave
Dares to explode out of the rocks in reeking
Spray. Fly away, my sun-bewildered pages!
Break, waves! Break up with your rejoicing surges
This quiet roof where sails like doves were pecking.

Thomas Carlyle photo

„Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.“

—  Thomas Carlyle Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher 1795 - 1881

Mwanandeke Kindembo photo
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„Pulsing like a beacon through the days and nights, the birthplace of the fortunate sends out its invisible waves of recollection. It always has and it always will, until even the last of us come home.“

—  Clive James Australian author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist 1939 - 2019

Closing lines, p. 174
Memoirs, Unreliable Memoirs (1980)
Context: As I begin this last paragraph, outside my window a misty afternoon drizzle gently but inexorably soaks the City of London. Down there in the street I can see umbrellas commiserating with each other. In Sydney Harbour, twelve thousand miles away and ten hours from now, the yachts will be racing on the crushed diamond water under a sky the texture of powdered sapphires. It would be churlish not to concede that the same abundance of natural blessings which gave us the energy to leave has every right to call us back. All in, the whippy's taken. Pulsing like a beacon through the days and nights, the birthplace of the fortunate sends out its invisible waves of recollection. It always has and it always will, until even the last of us come home.

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Sophie Scholl photo

„Stand up for what you believe in even if you are standing alone.“

—  Sophie Scholl White Rose member 1921 - 1943

This source is disputed as it does not cite an original document for the quote. The correct author is Suzy Kassem.
Disputed

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Edmund Burke photo

„If it is not necessary to change, it is necessary not to change.“

—  Edmund Burke Anglo-Irish statesman 1729 - 1797

Attributed to Benjamin Disraeli, to William Gerard Hamilton, to George Bernard Shaw, to John F. Kennedy (who at any rate quoted it) and to Edmund Burke, it was actually said by Lucius Cary, 2nd Viscount Falkland in a speech in the House of Commons on 1641-11-22
Misattributed

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

Today anniversaries
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Louisa May Alcott174
American novelist 1832 - 1888
George Harrison photo
George Harrison61
British musician, former member of the Beatles 1943 - 2001
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Giacomo Puccini5
Italian composer 1858 - 1924
Dorothy Day photo
Dorothy Day55
Social activist 1897 - 1980
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