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J. Robert Oppenheimer

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I can't think that it would be terrible of me to say and it is occasionally true that I need physics more than friends.
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Letter to his brother Frank Oppenheimer (14 October 1929), published in Robert Oppenheimer : Letters and Recollections (1995) edited by Alice Kimball Smith, p. 135

 
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