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Bernard M(annes) Baruch
(18 Aug 1870 - 20 Jun 1965)

American financier and statesman who was much involved in public service and advised several US presidents, including service as a special adviser on war mobilization for World War II. In 1946, he headed the American delegation to the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission, an international group established to find ways to control the use and proliferation of nuclear energy. In his time as elder statesman, he became known as 'the parkbench sage.'

Science Quotes by Bernard M(annes) Baruch (11 quotes)

During my eighty-seven years I have witnessed a whole succession of technological revolutions. But none of them has done away with the need for character in the individual or the ability to think.
— Bernard M(annes) Baruch
From My Own Story (1957), 320.
Science quotes on:  |  Character (118)  |  Ethics (36)  |  Technology (222)  |  Thinking (231)

Facts to [Herbert] Hoover's brain are as water to a sponge; they are absorbed into every tiny interstice.
— Bernard M(annes) Baruch
Quoted in David Hinshaw, Herbert Hoover: American Quaker (1950), 30.
Science quotes on:  |  Brain (213)  |  Fact (733)  |  Herbert Hoover (13)

I'm not smart. I try to observe. Millions saw the apple fall but Newton was the one who asked 'why.'
— Bernard M(annes) Baruch
Quoted in New York Post (24 Jun 1965). In Alfred J. Kolatch, Great Jewish Quotations (1996), 38-39.
Science quotes on:  |  Apple (35)  |  Sir Isaac Newton (333)  |  Observation (450)

If you get all the facts, your judgment can be right. If you don’t get all the facts, it can’t be right.
— Bernard M(annes) Baruch
Quoted in The St. Louis Dispatch (21 Jun 1965). In Alfred J. Kolatch, Great Jewish Quotations (1996), 38.
Science quotes on:  |  Error (277)  |  Fact (733)

In college I largely wasted my opportunities. My worst subjects were drawing and science. Almost my only memory of the chemistry class was of making some sulfuric acid into a foul-smelling concoction and dropping it into another student's pocket.
— Bernard M(annes) Baruch
From My Own Story (1957), 55.
Science quotes on:  |  Biography (232)  |  Chemistry (252)  |  College (35)

Science has taught us how to put the atom to work. But to make it work for good instead of for evil lies in the domain dealing with the principles of human duty. We are now facing a problem more of ethics than physics.
— Bernard M(annes) Baruch
Speech to the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission (14 Jun 1946). In Alfred J. Kolatch, Great Jewish Quotations (1996), 39.
Science quotes on:  |  Atomic Bomb (107)  |  Ethics (36)  |  Evil (79)

Science, which gave us this dread power, shows that it can be made a giant help to humanity, but science does not show us how to prevent its baleful use. So we have been appointed to obviate that peril by finding a meeting of the minds and the hearts of our people. Only in the will of mankind lies the answer.
— Bernard M(annes) Baruch
In a plan presented to the U.N. Atomic Energy Commission, June 14, 1946.

The terror created by weaponry has never stopped men from employing them.
— Bernard M(annes) Baruch
Speech to the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission (14 Jun 1946). In Alfred J. Kolatch, Great Jewish Quotations (1996), 39.
Science quotes on:  |  War (161)  |  Weapon (66)

There are no such things as incurables; there are only things for which man has not found a cure.
— Bernard M(annes) Baruch
Address to the President's Committee on Employment of the Physically Handicapped (30 Apr 1954). In Alfred J. Kolatch, Great Jewish Quotations (1996), 38.
Science quotes on:  |  Cure (96)

To me old age is always fifteen years older than I am.
Commenting on his 85th birthday.
— Bernard M(annes) Baruch
Quoted in Newsweek (29 Aug 1955). In Alfred J. Kolatch, Great Jewish Quotations (1996), 38.
Science quotes on:  |  Biography (232)  |  Old Age (21)

We may have to live with the failure to control atomic energy for the rest of our lives. If that is to be our lot, let us face it steadfastly with faith in the civilisation we defend. The acid test of the strength of our society is the self-discipline of its adherents.
— Bernard M(annes) Baruch
As quoted in 'On This Day', The Times (1 Feb 2001), 21, reprinting the article 'United States to Develop Hydrogen Bomb' from The Times (1 Feb 1950), which in turn was quoting Baruch from 'International Control of Atomic Energy', Air Affairs (Spring 1950), 319.
Science quotes on:  |  Adherent (6)  |  Atomic Energy (21)  |  Civilisation (20)  |  Control (114)  |  Defend (29)  |  Failure (138)  |  Faith (157)  |  Life (1131)  |  Rest (93)  |  Self-Discipline (2)  |  Society (228)  |  Steadfast (3)  |  Strength (81)

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