"Alfred Nobel invented the most powerful
explosive ever known up to his time, a means of destruction par
excellence. In order to atone for this, in order to relieve his
human conscience, he instituted his
awards for the promotion of
peace and for achievements of peace."
the physicists who participated in forging the most
formidable and dangerous weapon of all times...cannot desist
from warning, and warning again, we cannot and should not slacken in
our efforts to make the nations of the world, and especially their
governments, aware of the unspeakable disaster they are certain to
provoke unless they change their attitude toward each other and
toward the task of shaping the future."
delivered this weapon into the hands of the Americans and the
British people as trustees of the whole [of] mankind, as fighters for
peace and liberty. But so far, we fail to see any guarantee of
peace. We do not see any guarantee of the freedoms that were
promised to the nations in the
Atlantic Charter. The war is won,
but the peace is not."
"The world was promised freedom from fear, but in fact
fear has increased tremendously since the termination of the war."
"The world was promised freedom from want, but large parts of the
world are faced with starvation while others are living in
"The nations were promised liberation and justice but we have
witnessed, and are witnessing even now, the sad spectacle of
liberating armies firing into populations who want their
independence and social equality, and supporting in those countries,
by force of arms, such parties and personalities as appear to be
most suited to serve vested interests."