45 Motivational Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes For Success

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City. This Neil deGrasse Tyson quotes on knowledge, science, education will motivate you.

Best Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes

  1. Knowing how to think empowers you far beyond those who know only what to think. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  2. How many times have you heard a person in a workplace say, “I wasn’t trained for this!” That’s an impossible reaction from a physicist, who would say, instead, “Cool. A problem I’ve never seen before. Let’s see how I can figure out how to solve it!” – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  3. The problem in society is not kids not knowing science. The problem is adults not knowing science. They outnumber kids 5 to 1, they wield power, they write legislation. When you have scientifically illiterate adults, you have undermined the very fabric of what makes a nation wealthy and strong. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  4. I love being wrong because that means in that instant, I learned something new that day. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  5. In the end, it’s the people who are curious who change the world. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  6. The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.- Neil deGrasse Tyson

  7. One of the biggest problems with the world today is that we have large groups of people who will accept whatever they hear on the grapevine, just because it suits their worldview—not because it is actually true or because they have evidence to support it. The really striking thing is that it would not take much effort to establish validity in most of these cases… but people prefer reassurance to research. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  8. You can’t have people making decisions about the future of the world who are scientifically illiterate. That’s a recipe for disaster. And I don’t mean just whether a politician is scientifically literate, but people who vote politicians into office. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  9. 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. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  10. Need a distraction today? Not only does 12 + 1 = 11 + 2, but the letters “twelve plus one” rearrange to give you “eleven plus two.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  11. The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

  12. Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  13. 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. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  14. The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation. For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And along the way, lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  15. Intelligent life can’t be all that common because it’s really rare on Earth and especially since we define ourselves to be intelligent. But in the eyes of an alien coming here who has the technology to make it here, they might observe us and conclude that there’s no sign of intelligent life on Earth. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  16. If we have the power to turn another planet into Earth, then we have the power to turn Earth back into Earth. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  17. If you want to assert a truth, first make sure it’s not just an opinion that you desperately want to be true. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  18. It’s better to understand something than to memorize something. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

  19. 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. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  20. When students cheat on exams, it’s because our school system values grades more than Students value learning. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  21. 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. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  22. Pretending to know everything closes the door to finding out what’s really there. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  23. We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  24. If you’re really successful at bullshitting, it means you’re not hanging around enough people smarter than you. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  25. Science literacy is a vaccine against the charlatans of the world that would exploit your ignorance. – Neil deGrasse Tyson, Neil deGrasse Tyson quotes on science
  26. 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.
  27. The dinosaurs never saw that asteroid coming. What’s our excuse? – Neil deGrasse Tyson

  28. What I’m saying is, when different experiments give you the same result, it is no longer subject to your opinion. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  29. That’s the good thing about science: It’s true whether or not you believe in it. That’s why it works. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  30. When scientifically investigating the natural world, the only thing worse than a blind believer is a seeing denier. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  31. Many people are unhappy because there was some point in their past where there was some glory day, and as they get older they’re not creating more glory days. They reflect on a time that they will never reach again, and it brings some level of dissatisfaction into their lives. I have circumvented that by simply making incumbent upon myself to always be productive in ways that are consistent with my physical body, my mental state of knowledge, but more important, my presumed growth in wisdom that would come with age. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  32. Never presume that just because you disagree with an idea that you must be correct. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

  33. God displayed a sense of humor when he configured the region between our legs an entertainment complex built around a sewage system. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  34. 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. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  35. 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
  36. I dream of a world where the truth is what shapes people’s politics, rather than politics shaping what people think is true. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  37. 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. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  38. The theory of evolution, like the theory of gravity, is a scientific fact. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

  39. 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. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  40. When a coincidence seems amazing, that’s because the human mind isn’t wired to naturally comprehend probability & statistics. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  41. You say you’re worried about kids? I’m not worried about kids, I’m worried about grown-ups… Children are not the problem here… We spend the first year of their lives teaching them how to walk and talk, and the rest of their lives telling them to shut up and sit down. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  42. If you need to invoke your academic pedigree or job title for people to believe what you say, then you need a better argument. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  43. The worst thing that ever happened to America was the 19th Amendment. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  44. There’s a saying in the scientific community, that every great truth goes through three phases. First, people deny it. Second, they say that it conflicts with the Bible. Third, they say that they’ve known it all along. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  45. 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. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

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