What we choose not to do- Lise Meitner

Good Morning and Happy Monday!

We often hear about the deeds of "the great and the good", but we hear less often about the tasks they chose not to do. Since it is often the case that what we choose not to do is as important in shaping our own destiny as those tasks we choose to do, today's quote is a very short and sweet reminder of that from Lise Meitner -

“I will have nothing to do with a bomb!" -Lise Meitner

[Response to being invited (1943) to work with Otto Robert Frisch and some British scientists at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project to create the atomic bomb.]”

This reminds me of a sentiment expressed by Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter books-

"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." 

Now, I mention this not to argue one way or another about war of "a just war", really my point is about the importance of choice- positive and negative, active and passive.


  1. Hi Victoria. I love the blog and everything, but when are you going to do more on reptiles??! I miss your columns. There must be loads more magazines you could do them for. And Also why has your website not been updated in ages? And when is the greatest minds book/magazine coming out?

  2. Lise Meitner doesn't get the recognition she deserves- not compared to Marie Curie or Rosalind Franklin or even Dorothy Hodgkin.


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