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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1097
AUTHOR: J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904–67)
QUOTATION: This is a world in which each of us, knowing his limitations, knowing the evils of superficiality and the terrors of fatigue, will have to cling to what is close to him, to what he knows, to what he can do, to his friends and his tradition and his love, lest he be dissolved in a universal confusion and know nothing and love nothing.
ATTRIBUTION: J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER, The Open Mind, p. 144 (1955).