Neil Degrasse Tyson Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old neil degrasse tyson quotes, neil degrasse tyson sayings, and neil degrasse tyson proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Everyone should have their mind blown once a day.     

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Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not.     

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We live in the kind of society where, in almost all cases, hard work is rewarded.     

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The theory of evolution, like the theory of gravity, is a scientific fact.     

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Exploration is what you do when you don't know what you're doing. That's what scientists do every day. If a scientist already knew what they were doing, they wouldn't be discovering anything, because they already knew what they were doing.     

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Physics is the only profession in which prophecy is not only accurate but routine.     

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There's no shame in admitting what you don't know. The only shame is pretending you know all the answers.     

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To learn that it's easier to be told by others what to think and believe than it is to think for yourself.     

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No one is dumb who is curious. The people who don't ask questions remain clueless throughout their lives.     

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Scientific inquiry shouldn't stop just because a reasonable explanation has apparently been found.     

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For centuries, epilepsy was the exact expectation of someone being possessed by the Devil. There was no better explanation, and it allows you to admit the existence of the Devil. If there's a Devil, that mean's there's a God.     

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If our solar system is not unusual, then there are so many planets in the universe that, for example, they outnumber the sum of all sounds and words ever uttered by every human who has ever lived. To declare that Earth must be the only planet with life in the universe would be inexcusably bigheaded of us.     

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When NASA says they're going into space, they don't mean up and back. They mean orbit.     

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NASA has spin-offs, and it's a huge and very impressive list, including accurate and affordable LASIK eye surgery.     

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All the traditional STEM fields, the science, technology, engineering, and math fields, are stoked when you dream big in an agency such as NASA.     

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Those who see the cosmic perspective as a depressing outlook, they really need to reassess how they think about the world. Because when I look up in the universe, I know I'm small but I'm also big. I'm big because I'm connected to the universe, and the universe is connected to me.     

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The cosmic perspective not only embraces our genetic kinship with all life on Earth but also values our chemical kinship with any yet to be discovered life in the universe, as well as our atomic kinship with the universe itself.     

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In 5-billion years the Sun will expand & engulf our orbit as the charred ember that was once Earth vaporizes. Have a nice day.     

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When students cheat on exams it's because our school system values grades more than students value learning.     

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Pretending to know everything closes the door to finding out what's really there.     

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Kids are born curious about the world. What adults primarily do in the presence of kids is unwittingly thwart the curiosity of children.     

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Dinosaurs are extinct today because they lacked opposable thumbs and the brainpower to build a space program.     

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The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.     

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If you need to invoke your academic pedigree or job title for people to believe what you say, then you need a better argument.     

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No matter what eyewitness testimony is in the court of law, it is the lowest form of evidence in the court of science.     

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We are not figuratively, but literally stardust.     

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I was transformed by picking up a pair of binoculars and looking up, and that’s hard to do for a city kid because when you look up you just see buildings – and really, your first thought is to look in people’s windows. So to look out of the space – out of living space – and look up at the sky, binoculars go far, literally and figuratively.     

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Santa knows Physics: Of all colors, Red Light penetrates fog best. That’s why Benny the Blue-nosed reindeer never got the gig.      

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A conspiracy theorist is a person who tacitly admits that they have insufficient data to prove their points. A conspiracy is a battle cry of a person with insufficient data.     

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No doubt, the most challenging class of questions in science is the origin of things.     

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