94+ Best Bill Nye Quotes: Exclusive Selection

William Sanford Nye, popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, is an American science communicator, television presenter, and mechanical engineer. Profoundly inspirational Bill Nye quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

Famous Bill Nye Quotes

Along with the evidence of common sense, researchers have proven scientifically that humans are all one people. We’re a lot like dogs in that regard. If a Great Dane interacts (can we say interact?) with a Chihuahua, you get a dog. – Bill Nye

America has had many other discoverers besides Columbus, but he seems to have made more satisfactory arrangements with the historians than any of the others. – Bill Nye

The world’s going to change climatically. We just want to control the change. We want to have a high quality of life for billions of people as we pass through this era. – Bill Nye

Evolution is one of the most powerful and important ideas ever developed in the history of science. Every question it raises leads to new answers, new discoveries, and new smarter questions. The science of evolution is as expansive as nature itself. It is also the most meaningful creation story that humans have ever found. – Bill Nye

If you memorize the periodic table it will speed you up if you’re a chemist, but by and large, the reason you have a periodic table is so that you can store that information outside of your body. That way it frees up some part of your brain to do something else… – Bill Nye

There is no debate in the scientific community…We need [Congress] to change things, not to deny what’s happening. – Bill Nye

Recommending or insisting on abstinence has been completely ineffective. – Bill Nye

The most serious problem facing humankind is climate change. All of these people breathing and burning our atmosphere has led to an extraordinarily dangerous situation. I hope next generation will emerge and produce technology, regulations, and a worldview that enable as many of us as possible to live happy healthy lives. – Bill Nye

As you may know, I am a mechanical engineer. – Bill Nye

Some of the most wonderful aspects and consequences of evolution have been discovered only recently. This is in stark contrast to creationism, which offers a static view of the world, one that cannot be challenged or tested with reason. And because it cannot make predictions, it cannot lead to new discoveries, new medicines, or new ways to feed all of us. – Bill Nye

If you meet somebody who says he or she has never dreamed of flying, I don’t believe you. I mean, they’re lying. – Bill Nye

If we raise a generation of students who don’t believe in the process of science, who think everything that we’ve come to know about nature and the universe can be dismissed by a few sentences translated into English from some ancient text, you’re not going to continue to innovate. – Bill Nye

I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, that’s completely inconsistent with the world we observe, that’s fine. But don’t make your kids do it. Because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need engineers that can build stuff and solve problems. – Bill Nye

Not wasting any water bottles is good. Not leaving the lights on is good. Turning the thermostat down in the winter, up in the summer, is good. But the best thing any of us in the developed world, especially in the United States, can be doing is talking about it. – Bill Nye

If you want grown-ups to recycle, just tell their kids the importance of recycling, and they’ll be all over it. – Bill Nye

People that don’t want to get down to the business at hand. Instead of just doing less, we have to find ways of doing more with less. That’s the key to the future. – Bill Nye

For me, the meaning of life is pretty clear: Living things strive to pass their genes into the future. – Bill Nye

If you look back on all the teachers that you liked, I am sure you will find they were very entertaining. – Bill Nye

I feel that I’ve often pointed out that there are countless aspects of life and nature that scientists and scientific thinkers cannot explain. Why the universe is accelerating in its expansion and what came before the Big Bang serve as compelling examples. The process of science provides a way to seek answers to those questions. – Bill Nye

If the Earth gets hit by an asteroid, it’s game over. It’s control-alt-delete for civilization. – Bill Nye

I tell personal stories associated with aspects of the theory, and I hope they are interesting and compelling. I don’t feel you’re going to change a grownup’s mind in one reading. People have to be exposed to scientific ideas over and over again for years. It’s also not a textbook. – Bill Nye

When we explore the cosmos, we come to believe and prove that we can solve problems that have never been solved. It brings out the best in us. Space exploration imbues everyone with an optimistic view of the future. – Bill Nye

People and stars are made of the same stuff. – Bill Nye

One of the drawbacks of English is you can’t spell things by hearing them. – Bill Nye

But as the cerebellum degrades with age, so does the quality of memories. The memories are there, but they’re not as good. – Bill Nye

I always liked show biz and got to make a few training films at Boeing. – Bill Nye

What happens to other species also happens to us. – Bill Nye

Science is the best idea humans have ever had. The more people who embrace that idea, the better. – Bill Nye

As my old professor Carl Sagan said so often, ‘When you’re in love, you want to tell the world.’ And I base my beliefs on the information and the process that we call science. It fills me with joy to make discoveries every day of things I’ve never seen before. It fills me with joy to know that we can pursue these answers. It is an astonishing thing that we are — you and I are one of the ways the universe knows itself. – Bill Nye

That’s what makes a human a human, if we store information outside our bodies. – Bill Nye

You stop planetary exploration, those people who do that extraordinary work are going to have to go do something else. – Bill Nye

Tax dollars intended for science education must not be used to teach creationism as any sort of real explanation of nature, because any observation or process of inference about our origin and the nature of the universe disproves creationism in every respect. – Bill Nye

The meaning of life is pretty clear: Living things strive to pass their genes into the future. The claim that we would not have morals or ethics without religion is extraordinary. Animals in nature seem to behave in moral ways without organized religion. – Bill Nye

People get a lot out of being religious. They have strong senses of community and mutual support. So, what’s not to love [there]? – Bill Nye

I speak with dogs frequently. They don’t really talk, but I feel they’re communicating. – Bill Nye

No matter what you may believe spiritually or otherwise, the Earth is clearly not 6,000 or 10,000 years old. – Bill Nye

The information you get from social media is not a substitute for academic discipline at all. – Bill Nye

I stand by my assertions that although you can know what happens to any individual species that you modify, you cannot be certain what will happen to the ecosystem. Also, we have a strange situation where we have malnourished fat people. It’s not that we need more food. It’s that we need to manage our food system better. – Bill Nye

We should educate more women and girls. Because that is the surest route to controllably, manageably reducing the human population. Educated women have fewer kids. And the kids they do have are better cared for and are more successful. As I like to say, it’s not one thing that we need to focus on. It’s everything all at once. – Bill Nye

There really is no such thing as race. We all came from Africa. We are all of the same stardust. We are all going to live and die on the same planet, a Pale Blue Dot in the vastness of space. We have to work together. – Bill Nye

Everyone, red state, blue state, everyone supports space exploration. – Bill Nye

There are just two people entitled to refer to themselves as we; one is the editor and the other is the fellow with a tapeworm. – Bill Nye

When we see the shadow on our images, are we seeing the time 11 minutes ago on Mars? Or are we seeing the time on Mars as observed from Earth now? It’s like time travel problems in science fiction. When is now; when was then? – Bill Nye

To leave the world better than you found it, sometimes you have to pick up other people’s trash. – Bill Nye

I often reflect on what an extraordinary time (pun intended) it is to be alive here in the beginning of the twenty-first century. It took life billions of years to get to this point. It took humans thousands of years to piece together a meaningful understanding of our cosmos, our planet and ourselves. Think how fortunate we are to know this much. But think also of all that’s yet to be discovered. Here’s hoping the deep answers to the deep questions-from the nature of consciousness to the origin of life-will be found in not too much more time. – Bill Nye

My father was a very good Boy Scout. He was very skilled with knots, and he showed me how to tie a bow tie. – Bill Nye

Science is the key to our future, and if you don’t believe in science, then you’re holding everybody back. – Bill Nye

I like to regard myself as someone who’s capable of critical thought, that is to say, who can evaluate claims. – Bill Nye

I used to play ultimate Frisbee, and I just got a reputation for making popcorn at parties. I don’t mean to brag on myself, but I make the popcorn in the pot, and it comes out fine every time. – Bill Nye

The Big Bang banged, and for some reason we’re here. And that’s astonishing. And that we can understand that, that’s the most astonishing. – Bill Nye

There’s nothing I believe in more strongly than getting young people interested in science and engineering, for a better tomorrow, for all humankind. – Bill Nye

The thing about a theory in science is it allows you make predictions. Evolutionary theory allows us to predict what apples will taste good next harvest. – Bill Nye

I understand that you take the Bible, as written in English, translated many many times over the last three millennia as to be a more accurate, more reasonable assessment of the natural laws we see around us than what I and everybody in here can observe. That, to me, is unsettling. – Bill Nye

Bicycling is a big part of the future. It has to be. There’s something wrong with a society that drives a car to work out in a gym. – Bill Nye

Climate change is happening, humans are causing it, and I think this is perhaps the most serious environmental issue facing us. – Bill Nye

Talk about science with everyone you meet. Especially talk about climate change. It needs to become a part of our everyday conversation (the way it is everywhere else in the world). – Bill Nye

You and I are made of stardust. We are the stuff of exploded stars. We are therefore, at least 1 way that the Universe knows itself. That, to me, is astonishing. – Bill Nye

Unlike science, creationism cannot predict anything, and it cannot provide satisfactory answers about the past. – Bill Nye

Teaching creationism in science class as an alternative to evolution is inappropriate. – Bill Nye

I just want to remind us all there are billions of people in the world who are deeply religious, who get enriched by the wonderful sense of community by their religion. But these same people do not embrace the extraordinary view that the Earth is somehow only 6,000 years old. – Bill Nye

Intuitively you want some place [such as your phone] to store phone numbers, so you have that part of your brain to do other tasks. – Bill Nye

You start doing the addictive behavior to feel good and then your receptors get overloaded with dopamine, then you stop doing the addictive thing and some of the receptors have shut down and you don’t have enough dopamine to feel good. So then you feel bad and go back to the addictive behavior to get more dopamine. The strange thing is that it works with what we think of as uppers and downers and whatever you call gambling – sidewaysers. – Bill Nye

Humor is everywhere in that there’s irony in just about anything a human does. – Bill Nye

Evolution is a theory, and it’s a theory that you can test. We’ve tested evolution in many ways. You can’t present good evidence that says evolution is not a fact. – Bill Nye

I’ll admit that the discovery of evolution is humbling, but it is also empowering. It transforms our relationship to the life around us. Instead of being outsiders watching the natural world go by, we are insiders. We are part of the process; we are the exquisite result of billions of years of natural research and development. – Bill Nye

There are two ways to be rich: to have more or need less. It’s estimated that we squander about 30 percent of our energy leaving the lights on, the refrigerator door open, and so on. Then there is the enormous amount of food that we expend huge amounts of energy to raise and then throw away. – Bill Nye

Promoting a religious agenda that is to apply to every citizen is inconsistent with our laws in the US. It seems to me that your community and mine can live and work together without conflict. – Bill Nye

There are two questions that get to us all: Are we alone in the Universe? And, where did we come from? For me, science provides a much more satisfactory way to seek answers than does any religion I’ve come across. With that said, the universe is mysterious and wonderful. It fills me with reverence for nature and our place among the stars; our place in space. – Bill Nye

Science provides a much more satisfactory way to seek answers than does any religion. – Bill Nye

Everybody remembers numbers and computers remember numbers. People remember procedures and computers certainly remember procedures. But the other thing that’s still important is that your perception as a human is affected subtly by all this stuff that you can’t quite articulate. You run your life according to all this stuff that’s happened to you. All of your memories affect everything you do whereas with a computer, there’s adaptive software and things, but it’s more literal. – Bill Nye

The oncoming trouble I speak of is climate change. It’s going to affect all of you in the same way the Second World War consumed people of my parent’s generation. – Bill Nye

If you just take a single human and put him or her in the forest he or she might not do very well without some sort of education which he got or she got from some tribe. – Bill Nye

It is my mission to change the world. I’m not kidding: Make no small plans, dream mighty things. I feel if we get enough people engaged in climate change, we will get enough people to change the world. We will revolutionize the way we produce electricity and provide clean water to people. – Bill Nye

I’ve always loved airplanes and flight. The space program was really important to me as a kid. I still have a photo of Armstrong and Aldrin on the moon in my living room. – Bill Nye

But investment in space stimulates society, it stimulates it economically, it stimulates it intellectually, and it gives us all passion. – Bill Nye

Television isn’t inherently good or bad. You go to a bookstore, there are how many thousands of books, but how many of those do you want? Five? Television’s the same way. If you’re going to show people stuff, television is the way to go. Words and pictures show things. – Bill Nye

Hard to find anything lovelier than a tree. They grow at right angles to a tangent of the nominal sphere of the Earth. – Bill Nye

The natural world is a package deal; you don’t get to select which facts you like and which you don’t. – Bill Nye

The Earth is not 6,000 or 10,000 years old. It’s not. And if that conflicts with your beliefs, I strongly feel you should question your beliefs. – Bill Nye

Speaking of human computers, there is a guy named Art Benjamin, he’s a human calculator. He says it’s a skill he learned as a kid. Now he’s a math professor at Harvey Mudd. He can find the square root of a six digit number in a few seconds. Practice. – Bill Nye

By the way, most of the light that comes from the sun is green. – Bill Nye

Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t. – Bill Nye

We are just a speck, on a speck, orbiting a speck, in the corner of a speck, in the middle of nowhere. – Bill Nye

The more you find out about the world, the more opportunities there are to laugh at it. – Bill Nye

The philosophy of science is inherent in the process. This is to say, you think critically, you draw a conclusion based on evidence, but we all pursue discovery based on our observations. That’s where science starts. – Bill Nye

Burning carbon-based substances like oil, gas, and especially coal, produces billions of tons of extra carbon dioxide each year. Methane gas from cows and pigs and other animals on our large farms ends up in the atmosphere as well, trapping more of the sun’s energy as heat. – Bill Nye

We are special in the sense that we can know our place in the cosmos. We can know our place in space. We are at least one of the cosmos’s ways of knowing itself. That fills me with reverence and joy. Another insight I really want people to consider is this: everyone has gotten this far. Everyone you meet has made it this far. Nobody is superior to anyone else from an evolutionary standpoint. – Bill Nye

Evolution is not something you can believe in or not believe in like do you believe in gravity. – Bill Nye

People confuse the word cynicism with the word skepticism. One is you’re not gonna pay attention to anything, think everything’s screwed up, nothing’s ever gonna work out right, that’s cynicism. But skepticism is, you’re presented with evidence and you do your best to draw conclusions based on that. So, as the saying goes, Bill Nye, do you believe in ghosts? No. However, I would love to see one. Bring it on. I’m open minded to the idea, but the more I look into it in a skeptical frame of thinking, the less likely it seems. – Bill Nye

When or if answers are found, you can be assured those answers will lead to more questions. Is the troubling or wonderful? It depends on your view of your place in nature, your place among the stars; I suppose. – Bill Nye

I hope climate science becomes the big thing. And then what I want is electrical engineers to solve the world’s energy problems, energy distribution problems. I want mechanical engineers to make better transportation systems. I want chemical engineers to develop better solar panels, and so on. – Bill Nye

Our goal in science is to discover universal laws of nature. That pursuit fills me with wonder. – Bill Nye

The debate [in Undeniable] was nominally about creationism as a viable explanation for what we observe around us. For my side, the debate went very well; I’m not sure what I would change, although I can imagine shortening my answers during the rebuttals, perhaps. – Bill Nye

Without an end to the burning of fossil fuels, coal especially, most of us will live shorter lives. I’m hopeful, but very, very concerned. – Bill Nye

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