- The bomb will not start a chain-reaction in the water converting it all to gas and letting all the ships on all the oceans drop down to the bottom. It will not blow out the bottom of the sea and let all the water run down the hole. It will not destroy gravity. I am not an atomic playboy, as one of my critics labeled me, exploding these bombs to satisfy my personal whim.
- As Vice Admiral, Commander Joint Task Force One in Operation Crossroads
- Quoted in Gerard J. De Groot, The Bomb: A Life p. 119.