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Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist and science communicator who has held various roles at the Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History, and in academia. He’s known for his research, writing (including columns in Natural History and StarDate), and public outreach through TV shows (NOVA ScienceNow, Cosmos), podcasts (StarTalk), and lectures. His passion for science has earned him recognition, including the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal and the Public Welfare Medal from the National Academy of Sciences.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes

1. “The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.”
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2. “The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.”
— Neil deGrasse Tyson

3. “We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically.”
— Neil deGrasse Tyson

4. “Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us.”
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5. “Knowing how to think empowers you far beyond those who know only what to think.”
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6. “There’s as many atoms in a single molecule of your DNA as there are stars in the typical galaxy. We are, each of us, a little universe.”
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7. “Math is the language of the universe. So the more equations you know, the more you can converse with the cosmos.”
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8. “For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”
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9. “When students cheat on exams it’s because our school system values grades more than students value learning.”
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10. “We spend the first year of a child’s life teaching it to walk and talk and the rest of its life to shut up and sit down. There’s something wrong there.”
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11. “Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not.”
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12. “Follow the evidence wherever it leads, and question everything.”
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13. “Science reveals that all life on Earth is one.”
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14. “Everyone should have their mind blown once a day.”
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15. “We are part of this universe; we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts, is that the universe is in us.”
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16. “If you’re scientifically literate, the world looks very different to you, and that understanding empowers you.”
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17. “I think of space not as the final frontier but as the next frontier. Not as something to be conquered but to be explored.”
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18. “To learn more about science, turn off your electronic device and go outside and look around a bit. Nature is calling you. Go on. The internet will still be here.”
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19. “Dinosaurs are extinct today because they lacked opposable thumbs and the brainpower to build a space program.”
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20. “The remarkable feature of physical laws is that they apply everywhere, whether or not you choose to believe in them. After the laws of physics, everything else is opinion.”
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21. “There is no greater education than one that is self-driven.”
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22. “As areas of knowledge grow, so too do the perimeters of ignorance.”
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23. “Ignorance is a virus. Once it starts spreading, it can only be cured by reason. For the sake of humanity, we must be that cure.”
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24. “If your belief system is not founded in an objective reality, you should not be making decisions that affect other people.”
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25. “Photography is a form of time travel.”
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26. “I dream of a world where the truth is what shapes people’s politics, rather than politics shaping what people think is true.”
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27. “Science literacy is a vaccine against the charlatans of the world that would exploit your ignorance.”
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28. “Pretending to know everything closes the door to finding out what’s really there.”
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29. “We are not figuratively, but literally Stardust.”
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30. “If you want to assert a truth, first make sure it’s not just an opinion that you desperately want to be true.”
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31. “If we have the power to turn another planet into Earth, then we have the power to turn Earth back into Earth.”
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32. “One thing in life is for certain, the more profoundly baffled you have been in your life, the more open your mind becomes to new ideas.”
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33. “The day we stop exploring is the day we commit ourselves to live in a stagnant world, devoid of curiosity, empty of dreams.”
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34. “Relativity. Gravity. Quantum. Electrodynamics. Evolution. Each of these theories is true, whether or not you believe in them.”
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35. “When you are a hammer, all of your problems will look like nails to you.”
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36. “All information is good, even when it is bad.”
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37. “Intelligent design is a philosophy of ignorance.”
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38. “Aliens might be surprised to learn that in a cosmos with limitless starlight, humans kill for energy sources buried in the sand.”
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39. “Give a kid a book, and you change the world. In a way, even the universe.”
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40. “In life and in the universe it’s always best to keep looking up.”
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41. “On this day long ago, a child was born who, by age 30, would transform the world. Happy Birthday Isaac Newton b. Dec 25, 1642.”
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42. “I think the best thing a parent can do, when raising a child, is simply get out of their way.”
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43. “It’s my duty to enlighten people.”
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44. “Space exploration is a force of nature unto itself that no other force in society can rival.”
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45. “When we try to look farther into the universe we come to what appears to be the end of space but actually it’s the beginning of time.”
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46. “The most successful people recognize that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation.”
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47. “Feeling a little small? Well, in the context of the cosmos, we are small.”
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48. “Not only are we in the universe, the universe is in us. I don’t know of any deeper spiritual feeling than what that brings upon me.”
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49. “Science is like an inoculation against charlatans who would have you believe whatever it is they tell you.”
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50. “Science is a way of equipping yourself with the tools to interpret what happens in front of you.”
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51. “The only way you can invent tomorrow is if you break out of the enclosure that the school system has provided for you by the exams written by people who are trained in another generation.”
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52. “Down there between our legs, it’s like an entertainment complex in the middle of a sewage system. Who designed that?”
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53. “I’m often asked whether I believe in Global Warming. I now just reply with the question: “Do you believe in Gravity?””
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54. “Our five senses are faulty data-taking devices, and they need help.”
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55. “Claiming there is no other life in the universe is like scooping up some water, looking at the cup, and claiming there are no whales in the ocean.”
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56. “For your own safety, do not ever tell an astrophysicist, I hope all your stars are twinkling.”
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57. “The greatest of people that have ever been in society, they were never versions of someone else. They were themselves.”
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58. “Scientific inquiry shouldn’t stop just because a reasonable explanation has apparently been found.”
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59. “What I’m saying is, when different experiments give you the same result, it is no longer subject to your opinion. That’s the good thing about science: It’s true whether or not you believe in it. That’s why it works.”
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60. “No one is dumb who is curious.”
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61. “Why can’t we summon the ingenuity and courage of the generations that came before us? The dinosaurs never saw that asteroid coming. What’s our excuse?”
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62. “So maybe part of our formal education should be training in empathy. Imagine how different the world would be if, in fact, that were ‘reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy.’”
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63. “People like it when they understand something that they previously thought they couldn’t understand. It’s a sense of empowerment.”
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64. “Does the full moon affect people’s behavior, you ask? Yup. It makes people think the full moon affects people’s behavior.”
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65. “I think if everyone had the luxury to pursue a life of exactly what they love, we would all be ranked as visionaries and brilliant.”
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66. “We are stardust in the highest exalted way, called by the universe, reaching out to the universe.”
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67. “Science is a philosophy of discovery. Intelligent design is a philosophy of ignorance. You cannot build a program of discovery on the assumption that nobody is smart enough to figure out the answer to a problem.”
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68. “What are the lessons to be learned from this journey of the mind through the universe? That humans are emotionally fragile, perennially gullible, hopelessly ignorant masters of an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos. Have a nice day.”
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69. “Perhaps these ancient observatories like Stonehenge perennially impress modern people because modern people have no idea how the Sun, Moon, or stars move. We are too busy watching evening television to care what’s going on in the sky.”
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70. “One of the great challenges in life is knowing enough to think you’re right but not enough to know you’re wrong.”
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71. “Quantum physics fluctuates all the time. But now the fluctuations are not just particles coming into and out of existence, which happens all the time. It’s whole universes coming into and out of existence.”
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72. “Extreme skepticism and extreme gullibility are two equal ways of not having to think at all. And I don’t think I’m the first to say that.”
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73. “Our nation is turning into an idiocracy.”
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74. “Physics is the only profession in which prophecy is not only accurate but routine.”
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75. “My view is that if your philosophy is not unsettled daily then you are blind to all the universe has to offer.”
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76. “What would aliens say when told earthlings shift clocks twice a year to fool themselves into thinking there’s more sunlight?”
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77. “In the animal kingdom, one of the keys to survival is to outwit your enemies. And when you’re surrounded by carnivores, one of the best strategies is to fade into the background and disappear.”
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78. “I want to put on the table, not why 85% of the members of the National Academy of Sciences reject God, I want to know why 15% of the National Academy don’t.”
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79. “As children we all wonder – we wonder all the time. And that gets lost in adulthood. It gets beaten out, it gets filtered out or diluted out.”
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80. “I’m a little fatigued of adults saying we’ve got to worry about the kids. And these are the same adults that don’t know science and are running things and wielding resources and legislation.”
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81. “Society needs to see science not as a luxury of funding but as a fundamental activity that drives enlightenment, economics, and security.”
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82. “Whenever people have used religious documents to make accurate predictions about our base knowledge of the physical world, they have been famously wrong.”
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83. “I’ve known from long ago that the universe was calling me. If you were one of those annoying adults that said, ‘Oh, what are you gonna be when you grow up?’ I would say, ‘Astrophysicist .’ And then they’d walk away real quickly.”
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84. “That is a big question we all have: are we alone in the universe? And exoplanets confirm the suspicion that planets are not rare.”
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85. “In physics, opinions don’t matter, only demonstrated experiments. The day the fellow succeeds, if ever, he won’t need anybody else’s opinion.”
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86. “When you innovate, you create new industries that then boost your economy. And when you create new industries and that becomes part of your culture, your jobs can’t go overseas because no one else has figured out how to do it yet.”
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87. “Let us not fool ourselves into thinking we went to the Moon because we are pioneers, or discoverers, or adventurers. We went to the Moon because it was the militaristically expedient thing to do.”
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88. “Astronauts are the only kind of celebrity I know who can have a line of people waiting for their autograph, even if the line of people does not know in advance the astronaut’s name.”
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89. “The typical person has no trouble believing without knowing. What people need to realize is simply that you do not need to believe to know.”
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90. “I agree that we should go back to the moon and on to Mars. We should treat all objects in the solar system, including comets and asteroids, as exploration targets.”
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91. “Like no other science, astrophysics cross-pollinates the expertise of chemists, biologists, geologists, and physicists, all to discover the past, present, and future of the cosmos and our humble place within it.”
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92. “When I reach to the edge of the universe, I do so knowing that along some paths of cosmic discovery, there are times when, at least for now, one must be content to love the questions themselves.”
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93. “The first colony on Mars is not going to be built by a private company. How are you going to make money? You’re not.”
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94. “There is no true understanding of Biology without Chemistry. And there’s no true understanding of Chemistry without Physics.”
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95. “I don’t want to go into space because of war. I think we would if it was triggered. If China said they want to put military bases on Mars, we’d be at Mars in two years. That would be quick. I don’t want that to be the reason.”
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96. “You can make a stack high enough to reach the moon and back, and only then will you have used your 100 billion hamburgers. This is terrifying news to cows.”
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97. “If there were biologists among the extremophile organisms that live in extreme conditions, they would surely classify themselves as normal and any life that thrived in room temperature as an extremophile.”
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98. “It’s short-sighted to think ads won’t one day end up wherever humans are – even the moon.”
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99. “We are stardust brought to life, then empowered by the universe to figure itself out – and we have only just begun.”
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100. “In the end, it’s the people who are curious who change the world.”
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101. “In any city with lots of skyscrapers, lots of skyline, the moon seems bigger than it is. It’s called the moon illusion.”
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102. “Access to science is greater than ever before. There are more vehicles out there that grant the public access to science. Not to mention the Internet.”
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103. “You have the illusion of free will, but, in fact, that illusion comes about because you don’t know the future. Because you are a prisoner of the present, forever locked in transition, between the past and the future.”
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104. “A scientist is just a kid who never grew up.”
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105. “Unlike what you may be told in other sectors of life, when observing the universe, size does matter, which often leads to polite ‘telescope envy’ at gatherings of amateur astronomers.”
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106. “When everyone agrees to a single solution and a single plan, there’s nothing more efficient in the world than an efficient democracy.”
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107. “We’re talking about a being whose very existence challenges our own sense of priority in the universe.”
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108. “No one is dumb who is curious. The people who don’t ask questions remain clueless throughout their lives.”
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109. “Science literacy is the artery through which the solutions of tomorrow’s problems flow.”
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110. “Science is not a subject you took in school. It’s life. We are wrapped by it, in it, with it.”
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111. “To achieve this density of a neutron star at home, just cram a herd of 50 million elephants into the volume of a thimble.”
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112. “Space enthusiasts are the most susceptible demographic to delusion that I have ever seen.”
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113. “Perhaps we’ve never been visited by aliens because they have looked upon Earth and decided there’s no sign of intelligent life.”
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114. “I fear living a life where I could have accomplished something and didn’t. That’s what I fear. I don’t fear death.”
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115. “I try to show the public that chemistry, biology, physics, astrophysics is life. It is not some separate subject that you have to be pulled into a corner to be taught about.”
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116. “Where ignorance lurks, so too do the frontiers of discovery and imagination.”
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117. “When NASA says they’re going into space, they don’t mean up and back. They mean orbit.”
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118. “No matter what eyewitness testimony is in the court of law, it is the lowest form of evidence in the court of science.”
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119. “Santa knows Physics: Of all colors, Red Light penetrates fog best. That’s why Benny the Blue-nosed reindeer never got the gig.”
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120. “The very nature of science is discoveries, and the best of those discoveries are the ones you don’t expect.”
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121. “Whether or not you can become great at something, you can always become better.”
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122. “The Big Bang Theory: When geeky scientists can be main characters in a hit prime-time series, you know there’s hope for the world.”
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123. “The theory of evolution, like the theory of gravity, is a scientific fact.”
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124. “If cosmological theory were dominated by women, who are no strangers to cycles, how can we know for sure that we wouldn’t then be told that the oscillating universe is the more aesthetically fulfilling alternative?”
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125. “The iron from that meteorite and the iron from your blood have a common origin in the core of a star.”
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126. “Kids should be allowed to break stuff more often. That’s a consequence of exploration. Exploration is what you do when you don’t know what you’re doing.”
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127. “In other words, after the laws of physics, everything else is opinion.”
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128. “Whether or not you can never become great at something, you can always become better at it. Don’t ever forget that! And don’t say “I’ll never be good”. You can become better! and one day you’ll wake up and you’ll find out how good you actually became.”
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129. “I know of no time in human history where ignorance was better than knowledge.”
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130. “Passion is what gets you through the hardest times that might otherwise make strong men weak, or make you give up.”
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131. “A conspiracy theorist is a person who tacitly admits that they have insufficient data to prove their points. A conspiracy is a battle cry of a person with insufficient data.”
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132. “Words that make questions may not be questions at all.”
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133. “If the Sun exploded, we wouldn’t know about it for 8 minutes and 20 seconds. Light and gravity take that long to reach us. Then we would vaporize.”
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134. “Dreams about the future are always filled with gadgets.”
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135. “Kids are born curious about the world. What adults primarily do in the presence of kids is unwittingly thwart the curiosity of children.”
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136. “I as an astrophysicist, see the universe, feel the universe, smell the universe every day. Every day. And for people to say, I’m cool, I’m right here, it’s all I need.”
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137. “Just to settle it once and for all: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? The egg, laid by a bird that was not a chicken.”
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138. “In five billion years, the sun will expand and engulf our orbit as the charred ember that was once Earth vaporizes. Have a nice day.”
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139. “Italy valued cathedrals while Spain valued explorers. So worldwide, five times as many people speak Spanish than Italian.”
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140. “Everything we do, every thought we’ve ever had, is produced by the human brain. But exactly how it operates remains one of the biggest unsolved mysteries, and it seems the more we probe its secrets, the more surprises we find.”
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141. “I would request that my body in death be buried not cremated so that the energy content contained within it gets returned to the earth, so that flora and fauna can dine upon it, just as I have dined upon flora and fauna during my lifetime.”
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142. “So what is true for life itself is no less true for the universe: knowing where you came from is no less important than knowing where you are going.”
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143. “God is an ever-receding pocket of? scientific ignorance.”
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144. “It’s better to understand something than to memorize something.”
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145. “Kids are never the problem. They are born scientists. The problem is always the adults. They beat the curiosity out of kids. They outnumber kids. They vote. They wield resources. That’s why my public focus is primarily adults.”
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146. “If there’s something that someone else can do, let them do it. If I couldn’t do it uniquely, let someone else do it and I would get back to the lab.”
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147. “We need more science in the world. Train me.”
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148. “WhenIWasYourAge: People were never “living with their disease.” We cured them. Or they died from it.”
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149. “The past is another planet.”
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150. “Science is a cooperative enterprise spanning the generations. It’s the passing of a torch from teacher to student to teacher. A community of minds, reaching back to antiquity and forward to the stars.”
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151. “Even with all our technology and the inventions that make modern life so much easier than it once was, it takes just one big natural disaster to wipe all that away and remind us that, here on Earth, we’re still at the mercy of nature.”
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152. “The day that you stop looking – because you’re content God did it – I don’t need you in the lab. You’re useless on the frontier of understanding the nature of the world.”
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153. “Doing what has never been done before is intellectually seductive, whether or not we deem it practical.”
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154. “It is the knowledge that I’m going to die that creates the focus that I bring to being alive; the urgency of accomplishment; the need to express love; now, not later. If we live forever, why ever even get out of bed in the morning? Cause you always have tomorrow. That’s not the kind of life I want to lead.”
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155. “Mars once was wet and fertile. It’s now bone dry. Something bad happened on Mars. I want to know what happened on Mars so that we may prevent it from happening here on Earth.”
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156. “We went to the moon and discovered Earth.”
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157. “There’s no shame in admitting what you don’t know. The only shame is pretending you know all the answers.”
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158. “The more I learn about the universe, the less convinced I am that there’s any sort of benevolent force that has anything to do with it, at all.”
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159. “Any astrophysicist does not feel small looking up at the universe; we feel large.”
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160. “Wanna lose 1200 Calories a month? Drink a liter of ice water a day. You burn the energy just raising the water to body temp.”
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161. “You realize when you know how to think, it empowers you far beyond those who only know what to think.”
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162. “When Kennedy said, ‘Let’s go to the moon,’ we didn’t yet have a vehicle that wouldn’t kill you on launch. He said we’ll land a man on the moon in eight years and bring him back. That was an audacious goal to put forth in front of the American people.”
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163. “Science is basically an inoculation against charlatans.”
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164. “The more of us that feel the universe, the better off we will be in this world.”
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165. “Some air you inhale was exhaled by Cleopatra.”
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166. “I don’t want people to say, ‘Something is true because Tyson says it is true.’ That’s not critical thinking.”
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167. “So not enough people in this world, I think, carry a cosmic perspective with them. It could be life-changing.”
— Neil deGrasse Tyson

168. “Private enterprise can never lead a space frontier. It’s not possible because a space frontier is expensive, it has unknown risks and it has unquantified risks.”
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169. “Many people feel small because they’re small and the universe is big, but I feel big.”
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170. “Imagination alone is not enough, because the reality of nature is far more wondrous than anything we can imagine.”
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171. “Rational thoughts never drive people’s creativity the way emotions do.”
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172. “Time to get cosmic. There are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on any beach, more stars than seconds have passed since Earth formed, more stars than words and sounds ever uttered by all the humans who ever lived.”
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173. “The National Air and Space Museum is unlike any other place on this planet. If you’re hosting visitors from another country and they want to know what single museum best captures what it is to be American, this is the museum you take them to. Here they can see the 1903 Wright Flyer, the 1927 Spirit of St. Louis, the 1926 Goddard rocket, and the Apollo 11 command module – silent beacons of exploration, of a few people willing to risk their lives for the sake of discovery. Without.”
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174. “The limits on your enlightenment come not from the age you stopped going to school but from the age you stopped being curious.”
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175. “When scientifically investigating the natural world, the only thing worse than a blind believer is a seeing denier.”
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176. “Revelation replaced investigation.”
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177. “All the traditional STEM fields, the science, technology, engineering, and math fields, are stoked when you dream big in an agency such as NASA.”
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178. “85 percent of the gravity of the universe has a point of origin about which we know nothing.”
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179. “Your center of mass is a place you cannot visit but you always carry with you. Like memories, it is part of life’s baggage.”
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180. “I want to encourage people to not think in terms of gifts but think in terms of, wow. You work hard to succeed at that, because that’s exactly what I do.”
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181. “If aliens did visit us, I’d be embarrassed to tell them we still dig fossil fuels from the ground as a source of energy.”
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182. “Imagine a world in which we are all enlightened by objective truths rather than offended by them.”
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183. “Part of knowing how to think is knowing how the laws of nature shape the world around us. Without that knowledge, without that capacity to think, you can easily become a victim of people who seek to take advantage of you.”
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184. “If you’re a scientist, and you have to have an answer, even in the absence of data, you’re not going to be a good scientist.”
— Neil deGrasse Tyson

185. “Today, scientists sound the alarm on other environmental dangers. Vested interests still hire their own scientists to confuse the issue. But in the end, nature, will not be fooled.”
— Neil deGrasse Tyson

186. “With no gravitational force to work against, your body not only doesn’t need the same amount of muscle and bone, it starts breaking them down. As on Earth, so in space: use it or lose it. And exercise may not solve the problem.”
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187. “I have yet to see a successful prediction about the physical world that was inferred or extrapolated from the content of any religious document.”
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188. “And yes, every one of our body’s atoms is traceable to the Big Bang and to the thermonuclear furnaces within high-mass stars that exploded more than five billion years ago. We are stardust brought to life, then empowered by the universe to figure itself out – and we have only just begun.”
— Neil deGrasse Tyson

189. “After 50 years of television, there’s no other conclusion the aliens could draw, but that most humans are neurotic, death-hungry, dysfunctional idiots.”
— Neil deGrasse Tyson

190. “I’ve accomplished enough in life so that I do not fear death.”
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191. “If it’s a new planet, sign me up. I’m tired of driving around the block, boldly going where hundreds have gone before in orbit around earth-give me a place to go and I’ll go.”
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192. “What are you doing? Why are you concerning yourself with the meaning of meaning?”
— Neil deGrasse Tyson

193. “And extracting one molecule’s signature in spectral analysis from the rest of the signatures is hard work, sort of like picking out the sound of your toddler’s voice in a roomful of screaming children during playtime. It’s hard, but you can do it.”
— Neil deGrasse Tyson

194. “For centuries, magicians have intuitively taken advantage of the inner workings of our brains.”
— Neil deGrasse Tyson

195. “UV is bad for molecules because its high energy breaks the bonds between a molecule’s constituent atoms. That’s why UV is bad for you, too: it’s always best to avoid things that decompose the molecules of your flesh.”
— Neil deGrasse Tyson

196. “The worst thing that ever happened to America was the 19th Amendment.”
— Neil deGrasse Tyson

197. “I’m not criticizing the science in Star Wars. That’s a waste of everybody’s time.”
— Neil deGrasse Tyson

198. “In modern times, if the sole measure of what’s out there flows from your five senses then a precarious life awaits you.”
— Neil deGrasse Tyson

199. “Countless women are alive today because of ideas stimulated by a design flaw in the Hubble Space Telescope.”
— Neil deGrasse Tyson

200. “To believe in a universe as young as 6- or 7,000 years old, is to extinguish the light of most of the galaxy.”
— Neil deGrasse Tyson

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