35 Remarkable Richard Feynman Quotes

35 Remarkable Richard Feynman Quotes

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Richard Feynman was a physicist from New York City. He was born in 1918 and is most known for his work with path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, and particle physics. He received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in 1965. He died on February 15, 1988 at the age of 69.

“A person talks in such generalities that everyone can understand him and it’s considered to be some deep philosophy. However, I would like to be very rather more special and I would like to
be understood in an honest way, rather than in a vague way.”

“A very great deal more truth can become known than can be proven.”

“Agnostic for me would be trying to weasel out and sound a little nicer than I am about this.”

“All mass is interaction.”

“Do not read so much, look about you and think of what you see there.”

“Energy is a very subtle concept. It is very, very difficult to get right.”

“How can we draw inspiration to support these two pillars of western civilization so that they may stand together in full vigor, mutually unafraid? Is this not the central problem of our

“I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy.”

“I too can see the stars on a desert night, and feel them. But do I see less or more? The vastness of the heavens stretches my imagination — stuck on this carousel my little eye can catch
one-million-year-old light. A vast pattern — of which I am a part… What is the pattern, or the meaning, or the why? It does not do harm to the mystery to know a little about it. For far
more marvelous is the truth than any artists of the past imagined! Why do the poets of the present not speak of it? What men are poets who can speak of Jupiter if he were a man, but if he is
an immense spinning sphere of methane and ammonia must be silent?”

“If I could explain it to the average person, I wouldn’t have been worth the Nobel Prize.”

“If you thought that science was certain – well, that is just an error on your part.”

“I’m smart enough to know that I’m dumb.”

“It doesn’t seem to me that this fantastically marvelous universe, this tremendous range of time and space and different kinds of animals, and all the different planets, and all these atoms
with all their motions, and so on, all this complicated thing can merely be a stage so that God can watch human beings struggle for good and evil — which is the view that religion has. The
stage is too big for the drama.”

“It is not unscientific to make a guess, although many people who are not in science think it is.”

“Know how to solve every problem that has been solved.”

“Mathematics is not just a language. Mathematics is a language plus reasoning.”

“Perhaps you will not only have some appreciation of this culture; it is even possible that you may want to join in the greatest adventure that the human mind has ever begun.”

“Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars – mere globs of gas atoms. I, too, can see the stars on a desert night, and feel them. But do I see less or more?”

“Science is the belief in the ignorance of the experts.”

“Scientific knowledge is an enabling power to do either good or bad — but it does not carry instructions on how to use it.”

“Tell your son to stop trying to fill your head with science — for to fill your heart with love is enough!”

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool.”

“The idea is to try to give all the information to help others to judge the value of your contribution; not just the information that leads to judgment in one particular direction or

“The idea that no one really knew how to run a government led to the idea that we should arrange a system by which new ideas could be developed, tried out, and tossed out if necessary, with
more new ideas brought in — a trial and error system.”

“The imagination of nature is far, far greater than the imagination of man.”

“The same equations have the same solutions”

“The worthwhile problems are the ones you can really solve or help solve, the ones you can really contribute something to. … No problem is too small or too trivial if we can really do
something about it.”

“There is a computer disease that anybody who works with computers knows about. It’s a very serious disease and it interferes completely with the work. The trouble with computers is that you
‘play’ with them!”

“This dying is boring.”

“This is not yet a scientific age.”

“We are not to tell nature what she’s gotta be. … She’s always got better imagination than we have.”

“We can deduce, often, from one part of physics like the law of gravitation, a principle which turns out to be much more valid than the derivation.”

“We scientists are clever — too clever — are you not satisfied? Is four square miles in one bomb not enough? Men are still thinking. Just tell us how big you want it!”

“We’ve learned from experience that the truth will come out. ”

“Whenever you see a sweeping statement that a tremendous amount can come from a very small number of assumptions, you always find that it is false. There are usually a large number of implied assumptions that are far from obvious if you think about them sufficiently carefully.”