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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904–67)
QUOTATION: We may be likened to two scorpions in a bottle, each capable of killing the other, but only at the risk of his own life.
ATTRIBUTION: J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER, “Atomic Weapons and American Policy,” Foreign Affairs, July 1953, p. 529.
SUBJECTS: Cold war