“Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn’t matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough.”
“I have the advantage of having found out how hard it is to get to really know something. How careful you have to be about checking your experiments. How easy it is to make mistakes and fool yourself. I know what it means to know something.”
— Richard Feynman.
‘Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars – mere globs of gas atoms.
Nothing is “mere.” I too can see the stars on a desert night, and feel them. But do I see less or more?
The vastness of the heavens stretches my imagination – stuck on this carousel my little eye can catch million-year-old-light.
What is the pattern, or of meaning, or the why? It does not do harm to the mystery to know a little about it. For far more marvelous is the truth than any artist of the past imagined! Why do the poets of the present not speak of it?
What men are poets who can speak of Jupiter if he were like a man, but if he is an immense spinning sphere of methane and ammonia must be silent?’
—Six Easy Pieces, Richard Feynman, 1918 – 1988.
“If you want to master something, teach it. The more you teach, the better you learn. Teaching is a powerful tool to learning.”
“Philosophers say a great deal about what is absolutely necessary for science, and it is always, so far as one can see, rather naive, and probably wrong.”
– Richard Feynman.
“It is imperative in science to doubt; it is absolutely necessary, for progress in science, to have uncertainty as a fundamental part of your inner nature. To make progress in understanding, we must remain modest and allow that we do not know.”
“To note that the thing I call my individuality is only a pattern or dance, that is what it means when one discovers how long it takes for the atoms of the brain to be replaced by other atoms. The atoms come into my brain, dance a dance, and then go out – there are always new atoms, but always doing the same dance, remembering what the dance was yesterday.”
—Richard Feynman, The value of science, 1955.
“For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.”
“Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers.”
“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool. ”
—Richard P. Feynman
- ‘The Character of Physical Law’: Richard Feynman’s Legendary Lecture Series at Cornell, 1964 (openculture.com)
- Richard Feynman said… (quotarium.wordpress.com)