In Their Own Words

"May God bless and reward this voyage, may the winds be swift, and may the indigenous peoples we discover be peaceful, honorable, and centuries away from discovering gunpowder."-Francisco Pizarro, departing Spain with a fleet bound for the New World, 1502

"You know what, screw it. Let's spark up and watch Sunrise Earth." -Al Gore, watching coverage of the Pennsylvania primary, 2008

"The discovery of the helical structure is a seminal moment in our understanding of the human condition. This substance, deoxyribose nucleic acid, is the key to unlocking the secrets of genetics. The step my colleague and I have taken will no doubt lead to further, greater discoveries. Hopefully also by us. And one day, perhaps soon, when we have cloned each and every one of you for our legion of supersoldiers, you will bow before the monuments that we will erect in all the world's cities, and you will praise our names, blissfully happy in your new role as slave to your supersoldier clone." -Dr. James D. Watson, co-discoverer of the chemical structure of DNA, at a press event following the publication of their findings, 1953

"Wait ... what?" -Dr. Francis H.C. Crick, co-discoverer of the chemical structure of DNA, immediately thereafter