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Leo Szilard

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Even if we accept, as the basic tenet of true democracy, that one moron is equal to one genius, is it necessary to go a further step and hold that two morons are better than one genius?
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Variant: I'm all in favor of the democratic principle that one idiot is as good as one genius, but I draw the line when someone takes the next step and concludes that two idiots are better than one genius.
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As quoted in "Some Szilardisms on War, Fame, Peace", LIFE? magazine, Vol. 51, no. 9 (1 September 1961), p. 79

 
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