Richard P. Feynman Quotes

Richard P. Feynman Quotes

All the time you're saying to yourself, 'I could do that, but I won't,'-which is just
All the time you're saying to yourself, 'I could do that, but I won't,'-which is just another way of saying that you can't.

Physics isn't the most important thing. Love is.

I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy.

But there is nothing in biology yet found that indicates the inevitability of death.

We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on.

Science is what we have learned about how to keep from fooling ourselves.

You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you're finished, you'll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird... So let's look at the bird and see what it's doing - that's what counts.

I couldn't claim that I was smarter than sixty-five other guys-but the average of sixty-five other guys, certainly!

Physics is like sex: sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it.

I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.

Religion is a culture of faith; science is a culture of doubt.

If you thought that science was certain - well, that is just an error on your part.

What I am going to tell you about is what we teach our physics students in the third or fourth year of graduate school... It is my task to convince you not to turn away because you don't understand it. You see my physics students don't understand it... That is because I don't understand it. Nobody does.

Science is like sex: sometimes something useful comes out, but that is not the reason we are doing it.

We are trying to prove ourselves wrong as quickly as possible, because only in that way can we find progress.

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.

Philosophy of science is about as useful to scientists as ornithology is to birds.

I have no responsibility to live up to what others expect of me. That's their mistake, not my failing.

[Quantum mechanics] describes nature as absurd from the point of view of common sense. And yet it fully agrees with experiment. So I hope you can accept nature as She is - absurd.

If you thought you were trying to find out more about it because you're gonna get an answer to some deep philosophical may be wrong! It may be that you can't get an answer to that particular question by finding out more about the character of nature. But my interest in science is to simply find out about the world.

Odiaría morir dos veces, sería tan aburrido!.

Science is a way of trying not to fool yourself. The principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.

You see, the chemists have a complicated way of counting: instead of saying "one, two, three, four, five protons," they say, "hydrogen, helium, lithium, beryllium, boron.

So I started to think: "How can that happen?"... So the guy says, "What are you doing? You come fix the radio, but you're only walking back and forth!" I say, "I'm thinking!

The trouble with playing a trick on a highly intelligent man like Mr. Teller is that the time it takes him to figure out from the moment that he sees there is something wrong till he understands exactly what happened is too damn small to give you any pleasure!

I don't mind not knowing. It doesn't scare me.

I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers that might be wrong.

I think we should teach them [the people] wonders and that the purpose of knowledge is to appreciate wonders even more.

I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers that can't be questioned.

It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is ... If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong.

I learned from her that every woman is worried
about her looks, no matter how beautiful she is.

I think nature's imagination Is so much greater than man's, she's never going to let us relax

…the imagination of nature is far, far greater than the imagination of man.

Nature has a great simplicity and therefore a great beauty

Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.

I don't know what's the matter with people: they don't learn by understanding, they learn by some other way - by rote or something. Their knowledge is so fragile!

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