Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes

Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes


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.


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


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.


By the way, how much does NASA cost? It’s half a penny on a dollar. Did you know that? … The most powerful agency on the dreams of a nation is currently underfunded to do what it needs to be doing, and that’s making dreams come true … How much would you pay for the universe?


Space programs are) a force operating on educational pipelines that stimulate the formation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians… They’re the ones that make tomorrow come. The foundations of economics… issue forth from investments we make in science and technology.


Companies want to innovate. Companies that don’t innovate wither on the vine. The connection between STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and the financial stability of a nation is what needs to established.


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 really quickly.


We are in the universe and the universe is in us.


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.


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


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

If an artist is reaching for the universe as a source of creative muse, then I’m there. I’m gonna say, Yeah. Here’s Saturn. Here’s a black hole. Here’s twisted space-time. Talk to me. What do you need? What do you want? And I’ll just feed you because I think only then does science become mainstream – when science becomes a legitimate topic for artists.


We are stardust in the highest exalted way, called by the universe, reaching out to the universe


But to carve the Grand Canyon, Earth required millions of years. To excavate Meteor Crater, the universe, using a sixty-thousand-ton asteroid traveling upward of twenty miles per second, requiring a fraction of a second. No offense to Grand Canyon lovers, but for my money, Meteor Crater is the most amazing natural landmark in the world.


Everything we do understand about the universe – the periodic table of elements, Einstein’s laws, Newton’s laws, all of chemistry, all of biology – that’s 4 percent of the universe. We got to the moon on the 4 percent we do understand. We landed on Mars on the 4 percent we do understand. So the day we crack the nut of the rest of that 95 percent… Oh my gosh.


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


Every account of a higher power that I’ve seen described, of all religions that I’ve seen, include many statements with regard to the benevolence of that power. When I look at the universe and all the ways the universe wants to kill us, I find it hard to reconcile that with statements of beneficence.


The molecules that comprise our body are traceable to the crucibles of the centers of stars. These atoms and molecules are in us because, in fact, the universe is in us. And, we are not only figuratively, but literally, stardust.


I [do not know] when the end of science will come. … What I do know is that our species is dumber than we normally admit to ourselves. This limit of our mental faculties, and not necessarily of science itself, ensures to me that we have only just begun to figure out the universe.


Great scientific minds, from Claudius Ptolemy of the second century to Isaac Newton of the seventeenth, invested their formidable intellects in attempts to deduce the nature of the universe from the statements and philosophies contained in religious writings…. Had any of these efforts worked, science and religion today might be one and the same. But they are not.


If the 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?


I have found that when calculating what no one has calculated before, like my observing sessions on the mountain, my mental acuity peaks. Ironically, these are the times that I would flunk the reality check normally reserved for mental patients and dazed boxers: What is your name? What day is it? Who is the president of the United States?… I do not know, and I do not care. I am at peace with my equations as I connect to the cosmic engines that drive our universe.


I love the smell of the universe in the morning.


If you are that person, you are more likely to believe that God cured you, this invisible force, creator of the universe, cured you, than that you had three idiotic doctors diagnose you. … I taught physics to pre-med students who became doctors. Not all of them are smart, I assure you.


Trillions of years into the future, when all stars are gone…all parts of the cosmos will cool to the same temperature as the ever-cooling background. At that time, space travel will no longer provide refuge because even Hell will have frozen over. We may then declare that the universe has died-not with a bang, but with a whimper.

How much would you pay…for the Universe?

I’d like – inviting aliens and have them observe what we do because so much of what we do that we take for granted will just be weird or extraordinary or just plain dumb when observed by an alien from another civilization.


The atoms of our bodies are traceable to stars that manufactured them in their cores and exploded these enriched ingredients across our galaxy, billions of years ago. For this reason, we are biologically connected to every other living thing in the world. We are chemically connected to all molecules on Earth. And we are atomically connected to all atoms in the universe. We are not figuratively, but literally stardust.


Not only are we in the universe, but the universe is also in us. I don’t know of any deeper spiritual feeling than what that brings upon me.


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.