Richard Feynman

1918 - 1988

A Quote by Richard Feynman on mystery, fear, uncertainty, knowledge, and beliefs

You see, one thing is, 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 which might be wrong. I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of uncertainty about different things, but I am not absolutely sure of anything and there are many things I don't know anything about, such as whether it means anything to ask why we're here . . . I don't have to know an answer. I don't feel frightened not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without any purpose, which is the way it really is as far as I can tell. It doesn't frighten me.

Richard Feynman (1918 - 1988)

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A Quote by Richard Feynman on the value of science and feynman

Growing in size and complexity ... living things, masses of atoms, DNA, protein ...

dancing a pattern ever more intricate.


Out of the cradle onto dry land ... here it is standing ... atoms with consciousness ...

matter with curiosity.


Stands at the sea ... wonders at wondering ... I ... a universe of atoms ...

an atom in the universe.

Richard Feynman (1918 - 1988)

Source: What Do You Care What Other People Think?: Further Adventures of a Curious Character

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A Quote by Richard Feynman on physics

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

Richard Feynman (1918 - 1988)

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A Quote by Richard Feynman on science, skepticism, discovery, and experiment

One of the ways of stopping science would be only to do experiments in the region where you know the law. But experimenters search most diligently, and with the greatest effort, in exactly those places where it seems most likely that we can prove our theories wrong. In other words, we are trying to prove ourselves wrong as quickly as possible, because only in that way can we find progress.

Richard Feynman (1918 - 1988)

Source: Google Talks: Towards the First Revolution in the Mind Sciences

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A Quote by Richard Feynman on science, physics, curiosity, innovation, and great mystery

To decide upon the answer is not scientific.  In order to make progress, one must leave the door to the unknown ajar---ajar only.

Richard Feynman (1918 - 1988)

Source: The Pleasure Of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman (Helix Books), Pages: 115

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A Quote by Richard Feynman on science, physics, curiosity, innovation, psyche, and mind

We are only at the beginning of the development of the human race; of the development of the human mind, of intelligent life--we have years and years in the future.  It is our responsibility not to give the answer today as to what it is all about, to drive everybody down in that direction and to say: "This is a solution to it all."  Because we will be chained then to the limits of our present imagination.  We will only be able to do those things that we think today are the things to do.  Whereas, if we leave always some room for doubt, some room for discussion, and proceed in a way analogous to the sciences, then this difficulty will not arise.

Richard Feynman (1918 - 1988)

Source: The Pleasure Of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman (Helix Books), Pages: 115

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A Quote by Richard Feynman on mathematics physics feynman nature

To those who do not know mathematics it is difficult to get across a
real feeling as to the beauty, the deepest beauty, of nature ... If you
want to learn about nature, to appreciate nature, it is necessary to
understand the language that she speaks in.

Richard Feynman (1918 - 1988)

Source: The Character of Physical Law

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A Quote by Richard Feynman on science, technology, and physics

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.

Richard Feynman (1918 - 1988)

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A Quote by Richard Phillips Feynman on ignorance and uncertainty

It is in the admission of ignorance and the admission of uncertainty that there is a hope for the continuous motion of human beings in some direction that doesn't get confined, permanently blocked, as it has so many times before various periods in the history of man.

Richard Feynman (1918 - 1988)

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A Quote by Richard Phillips Feynman on science, beauty, mystery, and wonder

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 one-million-year-old light. A vast pattern— of which I am a part... What is the pattern or the meaning or the why? It does not do harm to the mystery to know a little more about it. For far more marvelous is the truth than any artists of the past imagined it. Why do the poets of the present not speak of it? What men are poets who can speak of Jupiter if he were a man, but if he is an immense spinning sphere of methane and ammonia must be silent.

Richard Feynman (1918 - 1988)

Source: Feynman Lectures on Physics, footnote

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