RE: We're all * now

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From: Lisa Dusseault (
Date: Tue Sep 19 2000 - 18:18:19 PDT

Luckily, we have a copy of "The Making of the Atomic Bomb" here, and
coincidentally, I'm reading it right now.

At the control bunker at the first atomic bomb test: Bainbridge was the
Trinity director, Robert is Oppenheimer...

<-- begin quote from book -->

Bainbridge went around congratulating the S-10000 leaders on the success of
the implosion method. "I finished by saying to Robert, 'Now we are all sons
of bitches.'... [He] told my younger daughter later that it was the best
thing anyone said after the test."

<-- end quote -->

The wording is different, but it does relate to Oppenheimer.

Oppenheimer did say "Lord, these affairs are hard on the heart" just before
the test. His brother says he said "It worked" at the minute of the blast.
Later he recalled (not sure if he said it or just thought it) a line from
the Bhagavad-Gita: "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." And
he said "My faith in the human mind has been somewhat restored."


-----Original Message-----
From: Matt Jensen []
Sent: Tuesday, September 19, 2000 5:35 PM
Subject: Re: We're all * now

I think Dan's thinking of something a bit older, something like
"We're all pacifists now", by Oppenheimer. Except that I made up the
quote and the source. But it's something like that, although I can't
quite recall it.


p.s. - I found a decent quote search engine, at The advantages over google are
that it's quotation-specific, and it will search for the exact phrase
"we're all", rather than just "we're" and "all" somewhere on the same web
page. But this quote isn't in it. Neither is Reagan's "We begin bombing
in five minutes", Clinton's "I didn't inhale", or anything else

p.p.s. - Hi, I'm Matt Jensen, from Seattle. This is my first post to
FoRK. Some of you already know me. For those of you who don't, a little
background: my name is Matt Jensen, and I live in Seattle.

On Tue, 19 Sep 2000, Bill Humphries wrote:

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Dan Kohn <>
> Sent: Tuesday, September 19, 2000 4:50 PM
> Subject: We're all * now
> > What's the original source of the often-heard quote "we're all * now"?
> Isn't that "We're all stars now, in the dope show," from Marilyn Manson?
> - whump (press 1 for .sig)

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