"In parallel with the development of my interests in technical gadgetry I began to acquire a profound love of and respect for the natural world which motivates my scientific thinking to this day."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Robert B. Laughlin on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Robert B. Laughlin on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Robert B. Laughlin on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Robert B. Laughlin on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Robert B. Laughlin on Abraham Lincoln
"It was at Bell Labs that I first made direct contact with real semiconductor experts and thus began to fully understand what amazing materials they were and what they could do."
"It is an interesting fact that during my tour I was never allowed access to computers, radios, or anything else that I might damage through curiosity, or perhaps something more sinister."
"Another important aspect of our home was respect for ideas."
"Over the course of time this gave us a deep respect for ideas, both our own and those of others, and an understanding that conflict through debate is a powerful means of revealing truth."