“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.”


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


“You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It’s their mistake, not my failing.”


“Fall in love with some activity, and do it! 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. Work as hard and as much as you want to on the things you like to do the best. Don’t think about what you want to be, but what you want to do. Keep up some kind of a minimum with other things so that society doesn’t stop you from doing anything at all.”


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


“I… a universe of atoms, an atom in the universe.”


“The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.”


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


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


“I’m smart enough to know that I’m dumb.”


“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.”


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


“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!”


“What I cannot create, I do not understand.”


“Of course, you only live one life, and you make all your mistakes, and learn what not to do, and that’s the end of you.”


“No government has the right to decide on the truth of scientific principles, nor to prescribe in any way the character of the questions investigated. Neither may a government determine the aesthetic value of artistic creations, nor limit the forms of literacy or artistic expression. Nor should it pronounce on the validity of economic, historic, religious, or philosophical doctrines. Instead it has a duty to its citizens to maintain the freedom, to let those citizens contribute to the further adventure and the development of the human race.”


“People often think I’m a faker, but I’m usually honest, in a certain way–in such a way that often nobody believes me!”


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


“It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong.”


“Mathematics is a language plus reasoning; it is like a language plus logic. Mathematics is a tool for reasoning.”


“There is no authority who decides what is a good idea.”


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


“In physics the truth is rarely perfectly clear, and that is certainly universally the case in human affairs. Hence, what is not surrounded by uncertainty cannot be the truth.”


“[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.”


“Learn what the rest of the world is like. The variety is worthwhile.”


“What do I advise? Forget it all. Don’t be afraid. Do what you get the most pleasure from. Is it to build a cloud chamber? Then go on doing things like that. Develop your talents wherever they may lead. Damn the torpedoes – full speed ahead!If you have any talent,or any occupation that delights you,do it, and do it to the hilt.”


“Ordinary fools are all right; you can talk to them, and try to help them out. But pompous fools-guys who are fools and are covering it all over and impressing people as to how wonderful they are with all this hocus pocus-THAT, I CANNOT STAND! An ordinary fool isn’t a faker; an honest fool is all right. But a dishonest fool is terrible!”


“I always do that, get into something and see how far I can go.”