80 Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes About Love, Life, Universe

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Neil deGrasse Tyson born October 5, 1958, is an American astrophysicist, science communicator, author, and director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History in New York City. He is also a frequent guest on The Daily Show, The Tonight Show, and Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Tyson discovered his love for the stars at a very young age and made it his life’s mission to encourage science and space exploration.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes About Universe And Space

Tyson completed his graduation from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Columbia. He is known for his work popularizing science, especially through the television series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. He has written several books about science, including Death by Black Hole and Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.

He is known for his work on the PBS series NOVA Science Now, where he was a regular host from 2006 to 2011. Tyson hosted the weekly podcast StarTalk on the National Geographic Channel in 2015. He has a fanbase of more than 12 million followers on Twitter.

Tyson was awarded the Public Welfare Medal for his “extraordinary role in exciting the public about the wonders of science” by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2015.

Here we are sharing a collection of famous Neil deGrasse Tyson quotes about love, life, and science for you.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes

“We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“One of the great challenges in life is knowing enough to think you’re right but not enough to know you’re wrong”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“After all, what nobler thought can one cherish than that the universe lives within us all?”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“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.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“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.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“I love the smell of the universe in the morning.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Some of the greatest poetry is revealing to the reader the beauty in something that was so simple you had taken it for granted.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

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“Scientific inquiry shouldn’t stop just because a reasonable explanation has apparently been found.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

“God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance that’s getting smaller and smaller and smaller as time moves on.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Matter tells space how to curve; space tells matter how to move.”†”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

“The power and beauty of physical laws is that they apply everywhere, whether or not you choose to believe in them.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

“It is the destiny of stars to collapse.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Still, our knowledge of the planets was meager, and where ignorance lurks, so too do the frontiers of discovery and imagination.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

“There are no limits when you are surrounded by people who believe in you, or by people whose expectations are not set by the short-sighted attitudes of society, or by people who help to open doors of opportunity, not close them.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, The Sky Is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist

“Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life. So that we are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically. That’s kinda cool! That makes me smile and I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It’s not that we are better than the universe, we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Every living thing is a masterpiece, written by nature and edited by evolution.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Science is a philosophy of discovery. Intelligent design is a philosophy of ignorance.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

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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.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“What are the lessons to be learned from this journey of the mind? That humans are emotionally fragile, perennially gullible, hopelessly ignorant masters of an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos.
Have a nice day.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

“Science literacy is an important part of what it is to be an informed citizen of society.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“It’s okay not to know all the answers. It’s better to admit our ignorance than to believe answers that might be wrong. Pretending to know everything, closes the door to finding out what’s really there.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

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

“Without a doubt, the most spectacular way to die in space is to fall into a black hole.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Death by Black Hole

“Doing what has never been done before is intellectually seductive, whether or not we deem it practical.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“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.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Our academic system rewards people who know a lot of stuff and generally we call those people smart, but at the end of the day who do you want- the person who can figure things out that they’ve never seen before or the person who can rattle off a bunch of facts?”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“You know that passage in the Bible that says, “And the meek shall inherit the Earth”? Always wondered if that was mistranslated. Perhaps it actually says, “And the geek shall inherit the Earth.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier

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“We spend the first year of a child’s life teaching it to walk and talk and the rest of its life to shut up and sit down. There’s something wrong there.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“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.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“To make this journey, we’ll need imagination but imagination alone is not enough because the reality of nature is far more wondrous than anything we can imagine. This adventure is made possible by generations of searchers strictly adhering to a simple set of rules. Test ideas by experiment and observation. Build on those ideas that pass the test, reject the ones that fail, follow the evidence where ever it leads and question everything. Accept these terms and the cosmos is yours…”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“The moment when someone attaches you to a philosophy or a movement, then they assign all the baggage and all the rest of the philosophy that goes with it to you. And when you want to have a conversation, they will assert that they already know everything important there is to know about you because of that association. And that’s not the way to have a conversation.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“In other words, after the laws of physics, everything else is opinion.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

“I don’t have an issue with what you do in the church, but I’m gonna be up in your face if you’re gonna knock on my science classroom and tell me they’ve got to teach what you’re teaching in your Sunday school. Because that’s when we’re gonna fight!”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“So what is true for life itself is no less true for the universe: knowing where you came from is no less important than knowing where you are going.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“The remarkable feature of physical laws is that they apply everywhere, whether or not you choose to believe in them. After the laws of physics, everything else is opinion.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

“I am convinced that the act of thinking logically cannot possibly be natural to the human mind. If it were, then mathematics would be everybody’s easiest course at school and our species would not have taken several millennia to figure out the scientific method.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, The Sky Is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist

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“… there is no shame in not knowing. The problem arises when irrational thought and attendant behavior fill the vacuum left by ignorance.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, The Sky Is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist

“The most accessible field in science, from the point of view of language, is astrophysics. What do you call spots on the sun? Sunspots. Regions of space you fall into and you don’t come out of? Black holes. Big red stars? Red giants. So I take my fellow scientists to task. He’ll use his word, and if I understand it, I’ll say, “Oh, does that mean da-da-da-de-da?”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“There’s as many atoms in a single molecule of your DNA as there are stars in the typical galaxy. We are, each of us, a little universe.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos

“I would request that my body in death be buried not cremated, so that the energy content contained within it gets returned to the earth, so that flora and fauna can dine upon it, just as I have dined upon flora and fauna during my lifetime”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Kids are never the problem. They are born scientists. The problem is always the adults. They beat the curiosity out of kids. They outnumber kids. They vote. They wield resources. That’s why my public focus is primarily adults.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Earth’s Moon is about 1/ 400th the diameter of the Sun, but it is also 1/ 400th as far from us, making the Sun and the Moon the same size on the sky—a coincidence not shared by any other planet–moon combination in the solar system, allowing for uniquely photogenic total solar eclipses.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

“If everyone had the luxury to pursue a life of exactly what they love, we would all be ranked as visionary and brilliant. … If you got to spend every day of your life doing what you love, you can’t help but be the best in the world at that. And you get to smile every day for doing so. And you’ll be working at it almost to the exclusion of personal hygiene, and your friends are knocking on your door, saying, “Don’t you need a vacation?!,” and you don’t even know what the word “vacation” means because what you’re doing is what you want to do and a vacation from that is anything but a vacation — that’s the state of mind of somebody who’s doing what others might call visionary and brilliant.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“The knowledge that the atoms that comprise life on earth – the atoms that make up the human body, are traceable to the crucibles that cooked light elements into heavy elements in their core under extreme temperatures and pressures. These stars- the high mass ones among them- went unstable in their later years- they collapsed and then exploded- scattering their enriched guts across the galaxy- guts made of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and all the fundamental ingredients of life itself. These ingredients become part of gas clouds that condense, collapse, form the next generation of solar systems- stars with orbiting planets. And those planets now have the ingredients for life itself. So that when 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, cause their small and the universe is big. But I feel big because my atoms came from those stars.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“In the beginning, there was physics.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution

“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.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

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“My view is that if your philosophy is not unsettled daily then you are blind to all the universe has to offer.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Knowing how to think empowers you far beyond those who know only what to think.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“I know that the molecules in my body are traceable to phenomena in the cosmos. That makes me want to grab people on the street and say: ‘Have you HEARD THIS?”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“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.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“In modern times, if the sole measure of what’s out there flows from your five senses then a precarious life awaits you.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

“Science needs the light of free expression to flourish. It depends on the fearless questioning of authority, and the open exchange of ideas.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos

“Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

“We are stardust brought to life, then empowered by the universe to figure itself out—and we have only just begun.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

“I want to put on the table, not why 85% of the members of the National Academy of Sciences reject God, I want to know why 15% of the National Academy don’t.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“One of the biggest problems with the world today is that we have large groups of people who will accept whatever they hear on the grapevine, just because it suits their worldview—not because it is actually true or because they have evidence to support it. The really striking thing is that it would not take much effort to establish validity in most of these cases… but people prefer reassurance to research.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

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“Science is not just about seeing, it’s about measuring, preferably with something that’s not your own eyes, which are inextricably conjoined with the baggage of your brain. That baggage is more often than not a satchel of preconceived ideas, post-conceived notions, and outright bias.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

“If humans one day become extinct from a catastrophic collision, there would be no greater tragedy in the history of life in the universe. Not because we lacked the brain power to protect ourselves but because we lacked the foresight. The dominant species that replaces us in post-apocalyptic Earth just might wonder, as they gaze upon our mounted skeletons in their natural history museums, why large-headed Homo sapiens fared no better than the proverbially pea-brained dinosaurs.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

“The more of us that feel the universe, the better off we will be in this world.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“When scientifically investigating the natural world, the only thing worse than a blind believer is a seeing denier.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

“The power and beauty of physical laws is that they apply everywhere, whether or not you choose to believe in them. In other words, after the laws of physics, everything else is opinion.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

“Ignorance is a virus. Once it starts spreading, it can only be cured by reason. For the sake of humanity, we must be that cure.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“For reasons I have yet to understand, many people don’t like chemicals, which might explain the perennial movement to rid foods of them. <…> Personally, I am quite comfortable with chemicals, anywhere in the universe. My favorite stars, as well as my best friends, are all made of them.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

“Unlike what you may be told in other sectors of life, when observing the universe, size does matter, which often leads to polite ‘telescope envy’ at gatherings of amateur astronomers.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, The Sky Is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist

“When your reasons for believing something are justified ad hoc, you are left susceptible to further discoveries undermining the rationale for that belief.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet

“Practically every food you buy in a store for consumption by humans is genetically modified food. There are no wild, seedless watermelons. There’s no wild cows.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes About Universe And Space

“The four most common chemically active elements in the universe—hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, and nitrogen—are the four most common elements of life on Earth. We are not simply in the universe. The universe is in us.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier

“When asked about which scientist he’d like to meet, Neil deGrasse Tyson said, “Isaac Newton. No question about it. The smartest person ever to walk the face of this earth. The man was connected to the universe in spooky ways. He discovered the laws of motion, the laws of gravity, the laws of optics. Then he turned 26.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Where ignorance lurks, so too do the frontiers of discovery and imagination”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Down there between our legs, it’s like an entertainment complex in the middle of a sewage system. Who designed that?”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier

“The cosmic perspective shows Earth to be a mote. But it’s a precious mote and, for the moment, it’s the only home we have.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

“Time to get cosmic. There are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on any beach, more stars than seconds have passed since Earth formed, more stars than words and sounds ever uttered by all the humans who ever lived.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

“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?”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

“People who believe they are ignorant of nothing have neither looked for, nor stumbled upon, the boundary between what is known and unknown in the universe.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

“When students cheat on exams it’s because our school system values grades more than students value learning.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Dinosaurs are extinct today because they lacked opposable thumbs and the brainpower to build a space program.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, The Sky Is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist

“Yes, Einstein was a badass.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

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Tyson is still one of America’s best-known scientists. famous for his love of the universe and his vibrant character, Tyson has spent most of his career sharing his wisdom with others.

In the total years of his career till now, he has written many columns for popular magazines, published many books, hosted podcasts, and served in government commissions.

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