Richard P. Feynman Quotes


Best 68 Quotes by Richard P. Feynman – Page 1 of 3

“- Read everyday.
- Spend time with nature.
- Ask questions.
- Never stop learning.
- Don't pay attention to what others think of you.
- Do what interests you the most.
- Study hard.
- Teach others what you know.
- Make mistakes and learn.
- It's okay to not know things.”

“A great way to learn is to explain.”

“Direction is more important than speed.”

“Educate yourself about things. Study hard what interests you the most. Don't worry about what others think of you, that's none of your business. Train your mind to think, doubt, and question. That's how you grow.”

“Fall in love with some activity, and do it! Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn't matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough. Work as hard and as much as you want to on the things you like to do the best. Don't think about what you want to be, but what you want to do. Keep up some kind of a minimum with other things so that society doesn't stop you from doing anything at all.”

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

“I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it is much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers that might be wrong. If we will only allow that, as we progress, we remain unsure, we will leave opportunities for alternatives. We will not become enthusiastic for the fact, the knowledge, the absolute truth of the day, but remain always uncertain … In order to make progress, one must leave the door to the unknown ajar.”

“I don’t know anything, but I do know that everything is interesting if you go into it deeply enough.”

“I have a friend who's an artist and has sometimes taken a view which I don't agree with very well. He'll hold up a flower and say "look how beautiful it is," and I'll agree. Then he says "I as an artist can see how beautiful this is but you as a scientist take this all apart and it becomes a dull thing," and I think that he's kind of nutty. First of all, the beauty that he sees is available to other people and to me too, I believe. Although I may not be quite as refined aesthetically as he is ... I can appreciate the beauty of a flower. At the same time, I see much more about the flower than he sees. I could imagine the cells in there, the complicated actions inside, which also have a beauty. I mean it's not just beauty at this dimension, at one centimeter; there's also beauty at smaller dimensions, the inner structure, also the processes. The fact that the colors in the flower evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting; it means that insects can see the color. It adds a question: does this aesthetic sense also exist in the lower forms? Why is it aesthetic? All kinds of interesting questions which the science knowledge only adds to the excitement, the mystery and the awe of a flower. It only adds. I don't understand how it subtracts.”

“I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.”

“I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong.”

“I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of uncertainty about different things, but I am not absolutely sure of anything and there are many things I don't know anything about, such as whether it means anything to ask why we're here. I don't have to know an answer. I don't feel frightened not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without any purpose, which is the way it really is as far as I can tell.”

“I think nature's imagination Is so much greater than man's, she's never going to let us relax.”

“I was an ordinary person who studied hard. There's no miracle people!”

“I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers that can't be questioned.”

“I'd hate to die twice. It's so boring.”

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

“I... a universe of atoms, an atom in the universe.”

“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.”

“In physics the truth is rarely perfectly clear, and that is certainly universally the case in human affairs. Hence, what is not surrounded by uncertainty cannot be the truth.”

“In science, a failed experiment is nothing but a new direction.”

“It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong.”

“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 our responsibility as scientists, to teach how doubt is not to be feared but welcomed and discussed.”

“It's Okay to say "I don't know." The pleasure is in finding things out.”

“Learn concepts rather than merely facts.”

“Life is too short to worry about stupid things. Have fun. Fall in love. Regret nothing, and don't let people bring you down. Study, think, create, and grow. Teach yourself and teach others.”

“Nature has a great simplicity and therefore a great beauty.”

“Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.”

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“I believe that this example demonstrates how great science and great poetry are both visionary, and may even arrive at the same intuitions. Our culture is foolish to keep science and poetry separated: they are two tools to open our eyes to the complexity and beauty of the world.”

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