55 Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes That You Cannot Miss Reading

Neil deGrasse Tyson quotes and ideas are famous for their witticism and wisdom. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Born on October 5, 1958 (age 60) in New York City, U.S. is the most famous American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator living in our times. He has been a research associate in the American Museum of Natural History since 2003 and has also written a monthly column in StarDate magazine, answering questions about the universe under the pen name “Merlin”.

Tyson was awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal in 2004 and from 2006 to 2011, he hosted the television show NOVA Science Now on PBS, latest being Cosmos: Possible Worlds (2019, a documentary). Tyson was awarded the Public Welfare Medal in 2015 for his extraordinary role in exciting the public about the wonders of science by U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He has also won the prestigious Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry recently, in 2017. Here are the best Neil deGrasse Tyson quotes for people who love science and reasoning.

1. I love the smell of the universe in the morning. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

2. In the beginning, there was physics. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

3. Where ignorance lurks, so too do the frontiers of discovery and imagination. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

4. Doing what has never been done before is intellectually seductive, whether or not we deem it practical. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

5. When scientifically investigating the natural world, the only thing worse than a blind believer is a seeing denier. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

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

7. Science literacy is less about what you know and more about how your brain is wired for asking questions. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

8. The stated authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

9. There’s no shame in admitting what you don’t know. The only shame is pretending you know all the answers. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

10. Curious fact that those who never fail are also those who never truly succeed. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

11. The universe has never made one of anything, so why would there even be one of itself? – Neil deGrasse Tyson

12. If the world is something you accept rather than interpret, then you’re susceptible to the influence of charismatic idiots. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

13. Scientific inquiry shouldn’t stop just because a reasonable explanation has apparently been found. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

14. The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

15. Science is a philosophy of discovery. Intelligent design is a philosophy of ignorance. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

16. Without a doubt, the most spectacular way to die in space is to fall into a black hole. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

17. 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. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

18. The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

19. Science literacy is an important part of what it is to be an informed citizen of society. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

20. Knowing how to think empowers you far beyond those who know only what to think. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

21. 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

22. After all, what nobler thought can one cherish than that the universe lives within us all? – Neil deGrasse Tyson

23. The day gets about one second longer every 67,000 years. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

24. 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. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

25. To learn that it’s easier to be told by others what to think and believe than it is to think for yourself. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

26. Our nation is turning into an idiocracy. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

27. Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

28. We’re a sleepy nation right now. I want us to be a nation of innovation. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

29. 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. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

30. Some 14 billion years ago, at the beginning of time, all the space and all the matter and all the energy of the known universe fit within a pinhead. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

31. There is no shame in not knowing. The problem arises when irrational thought and attendant behavior fill the vacuum left by ignorance. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

32. 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

33. To declare that Earth must be the only planet in the universe with life would be inexcusably big-headed of us. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

34. It is the destiny of stars to collapse. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

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

36. When students cheat on exams it’s because our school system values grades more than students value learning. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

37. In modern times, if the sole measure of what’s out there flows from your five senses then a precarious life awaits you. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

38. The less evidence we have for what we believe is certain, the more violently we defend beliefs against those who don’t agree. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

39. People like death and mayhem. – Neil deGrasse Tyson quotes

40. Let there be no doubt that as they are currently practiced, there is no common ground between science and religion. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

41. Science needs the light of free expression to flourish. It depends on the fearless questioning of authority, and the open exchange of ideas. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

42. The options available to a creative person are ever limited by the choices offered by a philosopher. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

43. We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

44. Dinosaurs are extinct today because they lacked opposable thumbs and the brainpower to build a space program. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

45. On Venus, you could cook a 16-inch pepperoni pizza in seven seconds, just by holding it out to the air. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

46. I get enormous satisfaction from knowing I’m doing something for society. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

47. Let’s get China to leak a memo that says they want to build military bases on Mars. We’d be on Mars in twelve months. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

48. The more of us that feel the universe, the better off we will be in this world. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

49. Every living thing is a masterpiece, written by nature and edited by evolution. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

50. Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

51. God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance that’s getting smaller and smaller and smaller as time moves on. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

52. A bullet fired level from a gun will hit ground at same time as a bullet dropped from the same height. Do Physics. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

53. Down there between our legs, it’s like an entertainment complex in the middle of a sewage system. Who designed that? – Neil deGrasse Tyson

54. I look forward to the day when the solar system becomes our collective backyard—explored not only with robots, but with the mind, body, and soul of our species. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

55. 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. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

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One thought on “55 Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes That You Cannot Miss Reading

  • January 13, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Neil is perhaps the sloppiest, most inaccurate pop science celebrity ever. Google: fact checking Neil deGrasse Tyson.

    I do agree ‘Murica’s sliding down hill though. If we had a clue would not be putting this bumbling incompetent on a pedestal.


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