Quotes with weapons
Religious discord has lost her sting; the cumbrous weapons of theological warfare are antiquated: the field of politics supplies the alchymists of our times with materials of more fatal explosion, and the butchers of mankind no longer travel to another world for instruments of cruelty and destruction.
Oration at Plymouth (December 22, 1802)
Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up.
August 1914 is the axial date in modern Western history, and once past it we are directly confronted with the present-day world. The sense of power over the material universe with which modern man emerged, as we have seen, from the Middle Ages, changed on that date into the opposite: a sense of weakness and dereliction before the whirlwind that man is able to unleash but not to control. That feeling of danger has persisted and grown stronger, and our generation knows it as uncanny awareness of the explosive quality of man's secular powers -- and now, alas, with the possession of atomic weapons, the word must be taken literally.
Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy (1958)
I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
Let no one think that the expenditure of vast sums for weapons and systems of defence can guarantee absolute safety for the cities and citizens of any nation.
United Nations address on peaceful uses of atomic energy "Atoms for Peace" (December 8, 1953)
I have nothing but scorn for the notion of an Islamic bomb. There is no such thing as an Islamic bomb or a Christian bomb. Any such weapon is a means of terrorizing humanity, and we are against the manufacture and acquisition of nuclear weapons. This is in line with our definition of—and opposition to—terrorism.
Interview in Time (June 8, 1981)
We are not responsible for what might be done with the weapons we give to the Palestinians. We give them to the Palestinians because we believe in their cause and we believe we have a duty to help them. What happens afterwards is none of my business. If I am to be found guilty by proxy, I prefer charges that are direct. But there is no proof.
Interview (December 9, 1979)
The major lesson of the Cuban missile crisis is this: the indefinite combination of human fallibility and nuclear weapons will destroy nations. Is it right and proper that today there are 7500 offensive strategic nuclear warheads, of which 2500 are on a 15 minute alert to be launched at the decision of *one* human being?
The Fog of War
There will be no learning period with nuclear weapons. You make one mistake and you're going to destroy nations.
The Fog of War
It would be our policy to use nuclear weapons wherever we felt it necessary to protect our forces and achieve our objectives.
The indefinite combination of human fallibility and nuclear weapons will lead to the destruction of nations.
When crime and criminals are thrust before us they are to be met by all the energies that God has given us by argument, scorn, sarcasm and denunciation. The whole arsenal of God is ours; and I will not renounce one of the weapons -- not one!
In a letter to Howe, January 1860, writing about his return to the Senate following a lengthy absence after a brutal assault on the Senate floor by a South Carolina Senator Brooks in 1856 and a difficult recovery.
The measure of a man's estimate of your strength is the kind of weapons he feels that he must use in order to hold you fast in a prescribed place.
The Luminous Darkness : A Personal Interpretation of the Anatomy of Segregation and the Ground of Hope (1989). Explaining Jim Crow laws to his daughters.