Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes


I don't have specific television ambitions in the sense that I remain fundamentally and academic and so my innermost ambitions are what's the next discovery I can make; that's in my direct center.

You don't discard Newton. Newton becomes the limiting case of how you would apply Einstein's theories.

As history has shown pure science research ultimately ends up applying to something. We just don't know it at the time.

If you need to invoke your academic pedigree or job title for people to believe what you say then you need a better argument.

There's no denying the public's appetite for cosmic discovery.

Scientific inquiry shouldn't stop just because a reasonable explanation has apparently been found.

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.

I don't need my name anywhere.

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.

If Pizza sizes were given in area not diameter you'd see instantly that a 7 inch is less than half the size of a 10 inch pie

As areas of knowledge grow so too do the perimeters of ignorance.

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.'

... there is no shame in not knowing. The problem arises when irrational thought and attendant behavior fill the vacuum left by ignorance.

It's progress I think that science has joined philosophy metaphysics & religion as subjects drunk people argue about in bars.

It's part of our pop culture to give animals human personalities and talents.

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.

Pretty much every plant and animal alive today is the result of eons of natural cross-breeding.

Humans aren't as good as we should be in our capacity to empathize with feelings and thoughts of others be they humans or other animals on Earth.

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.

I've been a minimalist my whole life even if you wouldn't know it from my office.

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.

I don't live life to be remembered for anything.

The past is another planet.

If we have the power to turn another planet into Earth then we have the power to turn Earth back into Earth.

Once something is answered then there's another question. Hence the eternal quest.

With automatic spell checkers running unleashed over what we compose our era is that of correctly spelled typos.

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.

Photons are accurately and legitimately described as waves and particles at the same time. They are genuine wavicles.

I've accomplished enough in life so that I do not fear death.

Physics is the only profession in which prophecy is not only accurate but routine.

NASA has spin-offs and it's a huge and very impressive list including accurate and affordable LASIK eye surgery.

Whenever people have used religious documents to make accurate predictions about our base knowledge of the physical world they have been famously wrong.

The only accounting we had of the origins and the structure of nature was Biblical Genesis.

I'm not as famous as Stephen Hawking but certainly in the U.S. I have a very high profile for a scientist. It is an awesome responsibility one that I don't shoulder lightly.

In modern times if the sole measure of what's out there flows from your five senses then a precarious life awaits you.

No one is dumb who is curious. The people who don't ask questions remain clueless throughout their lives.

One of the things that fascinates me most is when people are so charmed by the universe that it becomes part of their artistic output.

There are no articles any more that dream about the cities of tomorrow.

Science literacy is the artery through which the solutions of tomorrow's problems flow.

I am proud to be part of a species where a subset of its members willingly put their lives at risk to push the boundaries of our existence.

I love the smell of the universe in the morning.

We are all connected; To each other biologically. To the earth chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically.

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.

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.

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.

It turns out that the history of astrophysics is where we perfected time keeping.

It's odd that the word 'atheist' even exist. I don't play golf is there a word for non-golf players ?

All Plutophiles are based in America. If you go to other countries they have much less of an attachment to either the existence or preservation of Pluto as a planet.

Deep in the world of atomic nuclei life is not always tranquil.

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.

If you want to assert a truth first make sure it's not just an opinion that you desperately want to be true.

The dinosaurs never saw that asteroid coming. What's our excuse?

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?

The first trillionaire in the world will be the person who mines asteroids.

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.

Does the full moon affect people's behavior you ask? Yup. It makes people think the full moon affects people's behavior.

If your belief system is not founded in an objective reality you should not be making decisions that affect other people.

I bought it I read it and I heeded its advice. I remain unabducted.

I love being wrong because that means in that instant I learned something new that day.

The cross pollination of disciplines is fundamental to truly revolutionary advances in our culture.

Einstein's theory we know that it fails. In advance we know it fails. So that a deeper understanding of nature is awaiting us.

If we're going to affect policy or affect attitudes for me the adults have always been the target population.

Kids are born curious about the world. What adults primarily do in the presence of kids is unwittingly thwart the curiosity of children.

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.

Adults who outnumber kids four or five to one are in charge. We wield the resources run the world and completely thwart kids' creativity.

It's short-sighted to think ads won't one day end up wherever humans are - even the moon.

For centuries magicians have intuitively taken advantage of the inner workings of our brains.

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.

The limits on your enlightenment come not from the age you stopped going to school but from the age you stopped being curious.

You don't need to be a scientist to know Earth's age or that life evolved. You just need be one who embraces objective truths

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

All the traditional STEM fields the science technology engineering and math fields are stoked when you dream big in an agency such as NASA.

What people are really after is what is my stance on religion or spirituality or God? And I would say if I find a word that came closest it would be agnostic.

Science literacy is a vaccine against the charlatans of the world that would exploit your ignorance.

I remain unconvinced that anything other than rapid decomposition is the fate of my body and mind after death.

After 50 years of television there's no other conclusion the aliens could draw but that most humans are neurotic death-hungry dysfunctional idiots.

One of my great laments is that education today seems to have... be less about passion and more about process more about tactic or technique.

Science is basically an inoculation against charlatans.

There are countless space activities that would be no less exciting than the moon missions were I have no doubt. The search for life on Mars for example.

The supermoon is a 16-inch pizza compared with a 15-inch pizza. It's a slightly bigger moon; I ain't using the adjective 'supermoon.'

Merry Christmas to all. A Pagan holiday (BC) becomes a Religious holiday (AD). Which then becomes a Shopping holiday (USA).

When your reasons for believing something are justified ad hoc you are left susceptible to further discoveries undermining the rationale for that belief.

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.

Not only do we live among the stars the stars live within us.

The only driver stronger than an economic argument to do something is the war argument the I-don't-want-to-die argument.

The worst thing that ever happened to America was the 19th Amendment.

If you want a nation to have space exploration ambitions you've got to send humans.

That is a big question we all have: are we alone in the universe? And exoplanets confirm the suspicion that planets are not rare.

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.

Plenty of people get excited about the universe.

This universe knows about me and my crops.

We're talking about a being whose very existence challenges our own sense of priority in the universe.

85 percent of the gravity of the universe has a point of origin about which we know nothing.

If the purpose of the universe was to create humans then the cosmos was embarrassingly inefficient about it.

It would be amazing if something completely spiritual sounding happened. Oh my gosh! We'd be all over it. Because it's something new about the physical universe.

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.

I wonder if in fact we have been observed by aliens and upon close examination of human conduct and human behavior they have concluded that there is no sign of intelligent life on Earth.

Aliens might be surprised to learn that in a cosmos with limitless starlight humans kill for energy sources buried in the sand

What would aliens say when told earthlings shift clocks twice a year to fool themselves into thinking there's more sunlight?

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.

Perhaps we've never been visited by aliens because they have looked upon Earth and decided there's no sign of intelligent life.

I said that if an alien came to visit I'd be embarrassed to tell them that we fight wars to pull fossil fuels out of the ground to run our transportation. They'd be like 'What?'

I don't see why there is no intelligent alien life in the universe.

The chances that your tombstone will read 'Killed by Asteroid' are about the same as they'd be for 'Killed in Airplane Crash.'

Some air you inhale was exhaled by Cleopatra.

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.

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.

For your own safety do not ever tell an astrophysicist I hope all your stars are twinkling.

I never got into 'Star Wars.' Maybe because they made no attempt to portray real physics. At all.

All the nine-planet people out there: Get over it. There's eight.

Science reveals that all life on Earth is one.

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.

You can get an Egg McMuffin all day; you just can't get the hamburger all day.

It seems that we're better at finding someone to blame for our problems than we are at finding creative solutions to fix them.

Scientists are human. We have our blind spots and prejudices. Science is a mechanism designed to ferret them out. Problem is we aren't always faithful to the core values of science.

There is no true understanding of Biology without Chemistry. And there's no true understanding of Chemistry without Physics.

The discovery of any kind of life [in Space] at all would be a tremendous watershed moment in biology as well as all of science.

If the only time you think of me as a scientist is during Black History Month then I must not be doing my job as a scientist.

If you only think of me during Black History Month I must be failing as an educator and as an astrophysicist.

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.

Boldly going where hundreds have gone before' does not make headlines.

For decades we've been trying to cook up the building blocks of life in the lab and recreate the origins of it all but the parts didn't seem to fit together until now.

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.

Everyone should have their mind blown once a day.

I know of no time in human history where ignorance was better than knowledge.

I bet most of the crowd does not know that there are six moons in the solar system bigger than Pluto.

I think everyone should have a personal mission to leave the Earth a better place for them having lived in it and let Earth then take it from there.

The more of us that feel the universe the better off we will be in this world.

It's the great tragedy - people employed in ways that don't fully tap everything they do best in life.

In life and in the universe it's always best to keep looking up.

The very nature of science is discoveries and the best of those discoveries are the ones you don't expect.

For me at age 11 I had a pair of binoculars and looked up to the moon and the moon wasn't just bigger it was better. There were mountains and valleys and craters and shadows. And it came alive.

If each dead person became a ghost there'd be more than 100 billion of them haunting us all. Creepy but cool.

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

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.

While I'm a big fan of science fiction especially as rendered in expensive Hollywood blockbusters it's the real universe that calls to me.

Knowing how to think empowers you far beyond those who know only what to think.

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.

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.

Don't know if it's good or bad that a Google search on "Big Bang Theory" lists the sitcom before the origin of the Universe

Many people feel small because they're small and the universe is big but I feel big.

Cutting PBS support (0.012% of budget) to help balance the Federal budget is like deleting text files to make room on your 500Gig hard drive

In just one year the expenditure of of the U.S.'s military budget is equivalent to the entire 50-year running budget of NASA combined.

To be scientifically literate is to empower yourself to know when someone else is full of bullshit.

Just think for how long humanity was controlled by mystical magical thinking - the diseases and suffering that led to. We managed to survive but just barely. It wasn't pretty.

I'd rather enjoy the money and then be buried offering my body back to the flora and fauna of which I have dined my whole life.

The depth of experience fine wine can bring to a dinner particularly a bottle that has been through the past 100 years makes you take stock of your own life.

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.

[A]s they are currently practiced there is no common ground between science and religion....Although just as in hostage negotiations it's probably best to keep both sides talking to each other.

We live in a world where not everyone has the urge to help others... It is OK to encourage others to pull themselves up by the bootstraps but if you do just remember that some people have no boots.

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.

You could do math early but there are no brilliant 16-year-old novelists. They don't know the human condition yet.

Odd how often blood is shed to obtain freedom from those in power. Oppressors must be the most insecure people in the world.

When NASA says they're going into space they don't mean up and back. They mean orbit.

Doing what has never been done before is intellectually seductive whether or not we deem it practical.

It's a weird state to be in to go to the Bible and try to invoke science right?

The solar system should be viewed as our backyard not as some sequence of destinations that we do one at a time.

Hunting for meteorites is like trying to find a pebble on miles of beach.

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.

A scientist is just a kid who never grew up.

I'm just recommending you find other things to base your spirituality on rather than where science is yet to tread.

The methods and tools of science perennially breach barriers granting me confidence that our epic march of insight into the operations of nature will continue without end.

Thomas Jefferson basically secularized Jesus.

The universe is almost 14 billion years old and wow! Life had no problem starting here on Earth! I think it would be inexcusably egocentric of us to suggest that we're alone in the universe.

Being at the top of your game intellectually philosophically politically is not a forever thing.

Somehow it's O.K. for people to chuckle about not being good at math. Yet if I said 'I never learned to read ' they'd say I was an illiterate dolt.

Next time you're stunned by a large moon on the horizon bend over and view it between your legs. The effect goes away entirely.

Santa knows Physics: Of all colors Red Light penetrates fog best. That's why Benny the Blue-nosed reindeer never got the gig.

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.

When scientifically investigating the natural world the only thing worse than a blind believer is a seeing denier.

Facts are true whether or not you believe them.

Some of the greatest poetry is revealing to the reader the beauty in something that was so simple you had taken it for granted.

Whether or not you can become great at something you can always become better.

All information is good even when it is bad.

Computers have proved to be formidable chess players. In fact they've beaten our top human chess champions.

The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.

If you want to come behind the Bible and explain everything scientifically then you're denying God's power over miracles.

What are we promoting in society? Well-behaved automatons that spew back what they learned in a book. That's not science. You can get a parrot to do that.

I see all this talk about jobs going overseas as a symptom of the absence of innovation. And the absence of innovation is a symptom of there being no major national priority to advance a frontier.

If a scientist is not befuddled by what they're looking at then they're not a research scientist.

Miniaturization of electronics started by NASA's push became an entire consumer products industry. Now we're carrying the complete works of Beethoven on a lapel pin listening to it in headphones.

In this 21st century bedtime doesn't matter at all. All that matters is what you set for your DVR [Digital Video Recorder].

No one wants to die and no one wants to die poor. These are the two fundamental truths that transcend culture they transcend politics they transcend economic cycles.

Not enough people in this world I think carry a cosmic perspective with them. It could be life-changing.

We live in the kind of society where in almost all cases hard work is rewarded.

You don't take a dead cat to the vet. I mean you might but why?

Italy valued cathedrals while Spain valued explorers. So worldwide five times as many people speak Spanish than Italian.

They [scientists of centuries past] call on God only from the lonely and precarious edge of incomprehension. Where they feel certain about their explanations however God gets hardly a mention.

No doubt the most challenging class of questions in science is the origin of things.

In the end it's the people who are curious who change the world.

Give a kid a book and you change the world. In a way even the universe.

So not enough people in this world I think carry a cosmic perspective with them. It could be life-changing.

America 2012: The Learning Channel has HoneyBooBoo History Channel has PawnStars: and the Science Channel has PumpkinChunkin

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.

Scientific literacy is an intellectual vaccine against the claims of charlatans who would exploit ignorance.

Science is like an inoculation against charlatans who would have you believe whatever it is they tell you.

When students cheat on exams it's because our school system values grades more than students value learning.

The history of exploration has never been driven by exploration. But Columbus himself was a discoverer. So was Magellan. But the people who wrote checks were not. They had other motivations.

After all what nobler thought can one cherish than that the universe lives within us all?

... science is not there for you to cherry pick ... You can decide whether or not to believe in it but that doesn't change the reality of an emergent scientific truth.

If Neptune were analogized with a Chevy Impala in mass then how big is pluto compared to that? Pluto would be a matchbox car sitting on the curb.

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.

What's up with chicks and science?

I think the best thing a parent can do when raising a child is simply get out of their way.

Climate change has taken on political dimensions. That's odd because I don't see people choosing sides over E=Mc2 or other fundamental facts of science.

One of the reasons we're here that we exist at all is that Earth cosmically speaking is in a relatively peaceful place: orbiting our Sun in a near perfect circle.

Science literacy is an important part of what it is to be an informed citizen of society.

In any city with lots of skyscrapers lots of skyline the moon seems bigger than it is. It's called the moon illusion.

As important as the civil rights movement was I think what will rise to the top is that we left Earth in that time.

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.

The persistent failures of controlled double-blind experiments to support the claims of parapsychology suggest that what's going on is nonsense rather than sixth sense.

I object to religion in science classrooms not because it's religion but because it's not science.

Science is not just a topic we can step around or ignore.

Pretending to know everything closes the door to finding out what's really there.

Like a snowplow in overdrive a supernova shockwave might sweep away any gas clouds in its path.

When a coincidence seems amazing that's because the human mind isn't wired to naturally comprehend probability & statistics.

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.

I'm a fan of the planets in any combination. When I was born Mercury Venus Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune Pluto the Sun and the Moon were all in the sky.

If the people of Comic-Con ruled the world...then tomorrow would be invented every day.

Gamma rays are the sort of radiation you should avoid. Want proof? Just remember how the comic strip character "The Hulk" became big green and ugly.

The day we stop exploring is the day we commit ourselves to live in a stagnant world devoid of curiosity empty of dreams.

The iron from that meteorite and the iron from your blood have common origin in the core of a star.

Science and its impact on a person's livelihood is the common denominator.

To the scientist the universality of physical laws makes the cosmos a marvelously simple place. By comparison human nature-the psychologist's domain-is infinitely more daunting.

I never volunteer to talk about god or religion but people feel compelled to talk about it.

We explore our environment more than we are compelled to utter poetry when we're toddlers. We start doing that later. Before that happens every child is a scientist.

I want to know what dark matter and dark energy are comprised of. They remain a mystery a complete mystery. No one is any closer to solving the problem than when these two things were discovered.

Down there between our legs it's like an entertainment complex in the middle of a sewage system. Who designed that?

God displayed a sense of humor when he configured the region between our legs an entertainment complex built around a sewage system.

To earn the right to be criticized on a scientific level is a high compliment indeed.

People generally don't recognize how long it takes to conceive publish and write a book.

What are you doing? Why are you concerning yourself with the meaning of meaning?

For most of human civilization the pace of innovation has been so slow that a generation might pass before a discovery would influence your life culture or the conduct of nations.

In nature when you conduct science it is the natural world that is the ultimate decider in what is true and what is not.

The telescope... is a conduit to the cosmos.

Science is a philosophy of discovery; intelligent design is a philosophy of ignorance... Something fundamamental is going on in people's minds when they confront things they don't understnd.

On some issues I'm a staunch Conservative "? like curtailing greenhouse gas emissions so that we can Conserve the environment.

Practically every food you buy in a store for consumption by humans is genetically modified food. There are no wild seedless watermelons. There's no wild cows.

Feeling a little small? Well in the context of the cosmos we are small.

If there's some kind of rock star status would I be irresponsible if I didn't somehow use it for a continued greater good? I'm always involved in some way with reaching the public.

Math is the language of the universe. So the more equations you know the more you can converse with the cosmos.

Never presume that just because you disagree with an idea that you must be correct.

It may be that our cosmic curiosity... is a genetically-encoded force that we illuminate when we look up and wonder.

Only when creative people take ownership of cosmic discovery will society accept science as the cultural activity that it is.

For me the most fascinating interface is Twitter. I have odd cosmic thoughts every day and I realized I could hold them to myself or share them with people who might be interested.

I know that the molecules in my body are traceable to phenomena in the cosmos. That makes me want to grab people on the street and say: "?Have you HEARD THIS?

As an educator I think educators should meet the people wherever they are. Don't even ask them to come half-way. Find them where they are and sit on a couch with them.

Countless women are alive today because of ideas stimulated by a design flaw in the Hubble Space Telescope.

Also where does your identity come from? Your memory of course.

No matter what eyewitness testimony is in the court of law it is the lowest form of evidence in the court of science.

To achieve this density of a neutron star at home just cram a herd of 50 million elephants into the volume of a thimble.

The most creative people are motivated by the grandest of problems that are presented before them.

Rational thoughts never drive people's creativity the way emotions do.

Wow monitor lizards are pretty gnarly creatures. I want to go with the monitor lizard. That's just weird enough to be true. No?

I don't want people to say 'Something is true because Tyson says it is true.' That's not critical thinking.

I'm not criticizing the science in Star Wars. That's a waste of everybody's time.

I'm on a crusade to get movie directors to get their science right because more often than they believe the science is more extraordinary than anything they can invent.

I don't want to die ... I don't want to die poor. Two great motivators in the history of human cultures.

WhenIWasYourAge: People were never "living with their disease." We cured them. Or they died from it.

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.

Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not.

No one is dumb who is curious.

Curiously light-loving green plants reject the Sun's green light reflecting it back at you which is why they look green.

Why can't Pluto be a planet? Some people like Pluto. And if it doesn't exist then they don't have a favorite planet. Right? Please write back but not in cursive because I can't read cursive.

I have yet to see a successful prediction about the physical world that was inferred or extrapolated from the content of any religions document.

We didn't go to the moon to explore or because it was in our DNA or because we're Americans. We went because we were at war and we felt a threat.

Where ignorance lurks so too do the frontiers of discovery and imagination

We went to the moon and discovered earth

Need a distraction today? Not only does 12 + 1 = 11 + 2 but the letters "twelve plus one" rearrange to give you "eleven plus two.

Our five senses are faulty data-taking devices and they need help.

If you seek only easy problems to solve then ultimately there'll be nothing about you to distinguish yourself from others.

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.

As a citizen as a public scientist I can tell you that Einstein essentially overturned a so strongly established paradigm of science whereas Darwin didn't really overturn a science paradigm.

One of the most significant events in our distant past is still perhaps the greatest mystery: the origins of life itself.

95 96 percent of all that drives the universe has no known origin.

Society needs to see science not as a luxury of funding but as a fundamental activity that drives enlightenment economics and security.

There is no greater education than one that is self-driven.

Any time we are answer-driven rather than idea driven we have lost the true meaning of education.

It's my duty to enlighten people.

We are star dust in the highest exalted way called by the universe reaching out to the universe

What do you call those knobby things on doors that help you open them?

WhenIWasYourAge: We had to open all doors by ourselves. None of them knew we were coming.

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.

I dream of a world where the truth is what shapes people's politics rather than politics shaping what people think is true.

I love the future we might invent for ourselves that I have not yet dreamt of.

Dreams about the future are always filled with gadgets.

The idea that science is just some luxury that you'll get around to if you can afford it is regressive to any future a country might dream for itself.

Space enthusiasts are the most susceptible demographic to delusion that I have ever seen.

One should not be too distracted by definitions. Ideas transcend definitions.

The last person I ever want working for me is someone who says 'that's not in my job description.

If Mars formed life then life on Earth could have been seeded by life on Mars making every life form on Earth descended from Martians.

In physics opinions don't matter only demonstrated experiments. The day the fellow succeeds if ever he won't need anybody else's opinion.

I try to educate the public and let them make the decisions for themselves.

The greatest explorer of recent decades is not even human.

People like death and mayhem.

I'm fascinated by the deaths of stars and the havoc they wreak on their environments.

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.

If you're scientifically literate the world looks very different to you and that understanding empowers you.

Everyone has all different experiences in school. I just know that throughout my life at no time did any teacher ever point to me and say hey. He'll go far.

You know dark matter matters.

Most gravity has no known origin. Is it some exotic particle? Nobody knows. Is dark energy responsible for expansion of the universe? Nobody knows.

Dark matter and dark energy are two things we measure in the universe that are making things happen and we have no idea what the cause is.

Before we start talking about genetic differences you gotta come up with a system where there's equal opportunity

Dinosaurs are extinct today because they lacked opposable thumbs and the brainpower to build a space program.

Intelligent design is a philosophy of ignorance.

If there's a Devil that mean's there's a God.

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.

Relativity. Gravity. Quantum. Electrodynamics. Evolution. Each of these theories is true whether or not you believe in them.

The theory of evolution like the theory of gravity is a scientific fact.

The need to create a new taxonomy that isn't just applying to our own solar system will become so evident and apparent that something will come out of it. I'm sure of it even if it's not tomorrow.

Follow the evidence wherever it leads and question everything.

If you find life on Europa [Jupiter's moon] like what would you call it? Would it be like Europeans?

If you slid Pluto to where Earth is right now heat from the sun would evaporate that ice and it would grow a tail. Now that's no kind of behavior for a planet.

A state of negative energy means that you are essentially getting something for nothing.

The humblest person in this world is the astrophysicist. Because we are face to face with our ignorance every single day.

That's the point to get the people who wouldn't otherwise think to eavesdrop on a conversation that involves science.

The Venus transit is not a spectacle the way a total solar eclipse is a spectacle.

To believe in a universe as young as 6- or 7 000 years old is to extinguish the light of most of the galaxy.

Space exploration is a force of nature unto itself that no other force in society can rival.

Space is the ultimate frontier. I think when people historically thought of the frontier there was where you were living and then there was some edge beyond which no one had explored.

You have not fully expressed your power as a voter until you have scientific literacy in topics that matter for future political issues.

We are not simply in the universe we are part of it. We are born from it. One might even say we have been empowered by the universe to figure itself out - and we have only just begun.

People like it when they understand something that they previously thought they couldn't understand. It's a sense of empowerment.

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.

If you look at Einstein's equations and put in low speeds and low gravity they become Newton's equations.

Newton Einstein and every other great scientist in history...They all made mistakes. Of course they did. They're human! Science is a way to keep from fooling ourselves and each other.

When everyone agrees to a single solution and a single plan there's nothing more efficient in the world than an efficient democracy.

All of the full moons for the entire year are special in that they have particular names.

I can't tell you how many people say they were turned off from science because of a science teacher that completely sucked out all the inspiration and enthusiasm they had for the course.

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.

The universe's destiny has very little to do with the near-term destiny of Earth.

I can't think that leaving Earth once is enough.

Imagine a world in which we are all enlightened by objective truths rather than offended by them.

I get enormous satisfaction from knowing I'm doing something for society.

I lose sleep at night wondering whether we are intelligent enough to figure out the universe. I don't know.

If you're really successful at bullshitting it means you're not hanging around enough people smarter than you.

Enjoying science shouldn't be rocket science.

Photography is a form of time travel.

I was born the same week NASA was founded so we're the same age and feel some of the same pains joys and frustrations.

The show [ StarTalk ] was born as a radio program out of a National Science Foundation grant.

I don't even understand why I have 1.7 million Twitter followers. Every day I want to remind them and say "Do you realize I'm an astrophysicist? Do you know what you're doing here?

Who knows how dead Lazarus was? Was Lazarus decomposing in a six-foot grave when Jesus resurrected him? No he wasn't.

Science is a fundamental part of our existence.

Space only becomes ordinary when the frontier is no longer being breached.

I have a multivolume history of the world from the 19th century that begins with Noah's flood as though it's as historical a fact as the rise and fall of Rome.

You get to say that the Earth is flat because we live in a country that guarantees your free speech. But it's not a country that guarantees that anything you say is correct.

Modern science is under no obligation to satisfy the expectations of your five senses.

We are not figuratively but literally Stardust.

The tenacity of life is mind-boggling. We keep finding it where no one thought it could be.

The greatest teachers are the ones that turn a B student into an A student or a failing student into a B student.

When I shop for fruit & melons I like to hold a grape next to a cantaloupe & think of Earth next to Jupiter. Then I eat Earth.

Newton came up with Newton's laws of motion and gravity. They worked. They were working.

The history of science shows that great mysteries get solved. It may be that there's an answer that humans are too stupid to understand. I'm intrigued by that possibility.

It makes good sense to revere the sun and the stars ... because we are their children

Evidence my 14yr old daughter is geek-literate: In lieu of OK one might type K while texting. She instead typed "Potassium".

You know that passage in the Bible that says "And the meek shall inherit the Earth"? Always wondered if that was mistranslated. Perhaps it actually says "And the geek shall inherit the Earth.

Space in general gave us GPS - that's not specifically NASA but it's investments in space.

The most successful people recognize that in life they create their own love they manufacture their own meaning they generate their own motivation.

I think the greatest of people that have ever been in society they were never versions of someone else. They were themselves.

I'm often asked whether I believe in Global Warming. I now just reply with the question: "Do you believe in Gravity?

Today secular philosophers call that kind of divine invocation God of the gaps-which comes in handy because there has never been a shortage of gaps in people's knowledge.

Passion is what gets you through the hardest times that might otherwise make strong men weak or make you give up.

There's an old saying in the space community: 'If God wanted us to be a spacefaring species he would have given us a moon'.

There's a lot of memorization that goes on in school. You memorize vocabulary words and all these sorts of things.

There's something about witnessing something in the sky that makes people think they're seeing something unique or special. I don't really understand the psychology of it to be honest.

The most successful scientists in the history of the world are those who posed the right questions

We need to look at NASA not as a handout but as an investment.

On Venus you could cook a 16-inch pepperoni pizza in seven seconds just by holding it out to the air. (Yes I did the math.)

Science is an enterprise that should be cherished as an activity of the free human mind. Because it transforms who we are how we live and it gives us an understanding of our place in the universe.

It's always interesting just to see how the human mind is relating to the natural universe and what we try to make of it just so we can believe we understand what's going on.

When you are a hammer all of your problems will look like nails to you.

We are only intelligent by our own measures

All tweets are tasty. Any tweet anybody writes is tasty. So I try to have each tweet not simply be informative but have some outlook some perspective that you might not otherwise had.

People credit me for making the universe interesting when in fact the universe is inherently interesting and I'm merely revealing that fact. I don't think I'm anything special for this to happen.

Our nation is turning into an idiocracy.

Wanting to do one thing can require that you take on other interests.

Science is a way of equipping yourself with the tools to interpret what happens in front of you.

Revelation replaced investigation.

No one is saying you're possessed by the devil anymore except the most ignorant of people in modern culture.

God is an ever receding pocket of scientific ignorance.

Imagination alone is not enough because the reality of nature is far more wondrous than anything we can imagine

Would a NASA reality show "Lunar Shore" be more popular than "Jersey Shore?" Civilization's future depends on that answer.

In the New Testament Thomas Jefferson cut out everything that was mystical magical miracle - physically with scissors - and then pasted in all that remained such as Jesus's Sermon on the Mount.

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.

I study the universe. It's the second oldest profession. People have been looking up for a long time.

We have people who believe they are scientifically literate but in fact are not.

Science literacy is being plugged into the forces that power the universe. There is no excuse for thinking that the Sun which is a million times the size of Earth orbits Earth.

The center line of science literacy - which not many people tell you but I feel this strongly and I will go to my grave making this point - is how you think.

Any astrophysicist does not feel small looking up at the universe; we feel large.

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.

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.

The universe is so amazing and so limitless who wouldn't want to study the universe?

You can't be a writer and have nothing to write about. You have to have life experiences.

Science is not a subject you took in school. It's life. We are wrapped by it in it with it.

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.

Some of us wake up in the morning and just wonder how it is any of us actually sustain a paid job.

I didn't even know there were stars to look at to not see. If you don't know that they're there you don't know that you're missing them.

My view is that if your philosophy is not unsettled daily then you are blind to all the universe has to offer.

I always wanted to be respected for my mind...

We live on this speck called Earth - think about what you might do today or tomorrow - and make the most of it.

The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you

It turns out our brain is sensitive maybe too sensitive to motion. It's a survival mechanism.

One trait stands out in nearly all meteorites: metal; they've got it. So the best way to find a meteorite is to hear it first.

It's better to understand something than to memorize something.

WhenIWasYourAge: It took a week to learn whether your photos came out okay.

In America there are people who don't read science fiction but still think about tomorrow so it's not only the force of science-fiction that makes you a tomorrow thinker.

We fail in even the simplest of all scientific observations-nobody looks up anymore.

I'm often asked by parents what advice can I give them to help get kids interested in science? And I have only one bit of advice. Get out of their way. Kids are born curious. Period.

The Pacific is the best toilet for satellites.

How much would you pay...for the Universe?

If God to you is where science has yet to tread then God is an ever-receding pocket.

God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance that's getting smaller and smaller and smaller as time moves on.

Words that make questions may not be questions at all.

We need more science in the world. Train me.

Not everyone is going to like science as a subject.

There's no shortage of people that we can put on because science touches us all.

I want people to see that the cosmic perspective is simultaneously honest about the universe we live in and uplifting when we realize how far we have come and how wonderful is this world of ours.

If you're interested in something that's all that matters. You'll spend more time doing it that than anything else and possibly more time doing it than anybody else.

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.

So when I think of what is the meaning of life to me that's not an eternal unanswerable question. To me it is in arms reach of me every day.

The greatest of people that have ever been in society they were never versions of someone else. They were themselves.