"Our decision about energy will test the character of the American people and the ability of the President and the Congress to govern this nation. This difficult effort will be the "moral equivalent of war," except that we will be uniting our efforts to build and not to destroy."
"In peacetime, they had all been normal decent, cowards, frightened of their wives, trembling before their bosses, terrified at the passing of the years, but war had made them gallant. They had been greedy men. Now they were self-sacrificing. They had been selfish. Now they were generous. War isn't hell at all. It's man at his best, the highest morality he is capable of."
"We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount.... The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants."
"Whenever there's a big war coming on, you should rope off a big field. And on the big day, you should take all the kings and their cabinets and their generals, put 'em in the center dressed in their underpants and let them fight it out with clubs. The best country wins."