The Best Neil Degrasse Tyson Quotes to Increase Brain Power
Here at The Daily Shifts, we love being inspired by Neil deGrasse Tyson and his quotes. He’s a famed author and astrophysicist who popularized science by making it accessible and understandable to people like you and me. Not to mention, he has a great sense of humor.
If you’re looking for some wisdom that is out of this world or maybe just a little pick me up, we rounded up our favorite Neil deGrasse Tyson quotes on science, the cosmos, success, nature, and of course, the universe.
Here are the best Neil deGrasse Tyson quotes to increase your brain power and inspire a more rich and fulfilled life:
“The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.”
“When scientifically investigating the natural world, the only thing worse than a blind believer is a seeing denier.”
“Science needs the light of free expression to flourish. It depends on the fearless questioning of authority, and the open exchange of ideas.”
“The very nature of science is discoveries, and the best of those discoveries are the ones you don’t expect.”
“Science literacy is the artery through which the solutions of tomorrow’s problems flow.”
“We live on this speck called Earth - think about what you might do, today or tomorrow - and make the most of it.”
“I think of space not as the final frontier but as the next frontier. Not as something to be conquered but to be explored.”
“Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us.”
“The solar system should be viewed as our backyard, not as some sequence of destinations that we do one at a time.”
“So you’re made of detritus [from exploded stars]. Get over it. Or better yet, celebrate it. After all, what nobler thought can one cherish than that the universe lives within us all?”
“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.”
“Whether or not you can never become great at something, you can always become better at it. Don’t ever forget that! And don’t say “I’ll never be good”. You can become better! and one day you’ll wake up and you’ll find out how good you actually became.”
“The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life 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 lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”
“Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not.”
“My view is that if your philosophy is not unsettled daily then you are blind to all the universe has to offer.”
Knowing how to think empowers you far beyond those who know only what to think.”
“Rational thoughts never drive people’s creativity the way emotions do.”
“Creativity is seeing what everyone else sees, but then thinking a new thought that has never been thought of before and expressing it somehow.”
“There’s no shame in admitting what you don’t know. The only shame is pretending you know all the answers.”
“Curious fact that those who never fail are also those who never truly succeed.”
“Every living thing is a masterpiece, written by nature and edited by evolution.”
“Even with all our technology and the inventions that make modern life so much easier than it once was, it takes just one big natural disaster to wipe all that away and remind us that, here on Earth, we're still at the mercy of nature.”
“Curiously, light-loving GREEN plants reject the Sun’s GREEN light, reflecting it back at you, which is why they look GREEN”
“We are stardust brought to life, then empowered by the universe to figure itself out—and we have only just begun.”
“We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically.”
“The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.”
“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.”
“I look up at the night sky, and I know that, yes, 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. When I reflect on that fact, I look up—many people feel small, because they’re small and the Universe is big, but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars.”
“I love the smell of the universe in the morning.”
For more inspiration and Neil deGrasse Tyson quotes on success, check out Holy Sh!t We're Alive, the book.
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