99+ Best Neil Degrasse Tyson Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator. Profoundly inspirational Neil Degrasse Tyson quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

Famous Neil Degrasse Tyson Quotes

Knowledge of the natural world and how it works should be counted as fundamental to informed governance. You can’t have a functioning democracy, if the electorate is under-informed or, worse, mis-informed. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

But the moment the politicians start saying they are in denial of what the scientists are telling them, of what the consensus of scientific experiments demonstrates, that is the beginning of the end of an informed democracy. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

If you want to assert a truth, first make sure it’s not just an opinion that you desperately want to be true. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

Creativity is seeing what everyone else sees, but then thinking a new thought that has never been thought before and expressing it somehow. It could be with art, a sculpture, music or even in science. The difference, however, between scientific creativity and any other kind of creativity, is that no matter how long you wait, no one else will ever compose Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony except for Beethoven. No matter what you do, no one else will paint Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Only Van Gogh could do that because it came from his creativity. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

We live in a world where not everyone has the urge to help others… It is OK to encourage others to pull themselves up by the bootstraps, but if you do, just remember that some people have no boots. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

Pretending to know everything closes the door to finding out what’s really there. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

On this day long ago, a child was born who, by age 30, would transform the world. Happy Birthday Isaac Newton b. Dec 25, 1642 – Neil Degrasse Tyson

Would a NASA reality show Lunar Shore be more popular than Jersey Shore? Civilization’s future depends on that answer. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

UV is bad for molecules because its high energy breaks the bonds between a molecule’s constituent atoms. That’s why UV is bad for you, too: it’s always best to avoid things that decompose the molecules of your flesh. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

If the Sun exploded, we wouldn’t know about it for 8 minutes and 20 seconds. Light and gravity take that long to reach us. Then we would vaporize. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

No one is dumb who is curious. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

When I needed to overcome the low expectations of others or the bias that would be expressed in one circumstance or another, I’d keep on keeping on. And I climb over the obstacle, go around it, dig under it, fly over it. That’s what kept me going. Otherwise I would have never been an astrophysicist. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

If an artist is reaching for the universe as a source of creative muse, then I’m there. I’m gonna say, Yeah. Here’s Saturn. Here’s a black hole. Here’s twisted space-time. Talk to me. What do you need? What do you want? And I’ll just feed you, because I think only then does science become mainstream – when science becomes a legitimate topic for artists. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

George Bush, within a week of this [the 9/11 attacks], in a speech, attempting to distinguish US from the Muslim fundamentalists, said Our God is the God who named the stars. The problem is: two-thirds of all stars that have names, have Arabic names. I don’t think he knew this. That would confound the point that he was making. – 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

Does it mean, if you don’t understand something, and the community of physicists don’t understand it, that means God did it? Is that how you want to play this game? Because if it is, here’s a list of things in the past that the physicists at the time didn’t understand [and now we do understand] […]. If that’s how you want to invoke your evidence for God, then God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance that’s getting smaller and smaller and smaller as time moves on – so just be ready for that to happen, if that’s how you want to come at the problem – Neil Degrasse Tyson

If your belief system is not founded in an objective reality, you should not be making decisions that affect other people. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

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

What are the lessons to be learned from this journey of the mind through the universe? 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

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. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

Photons are accurately and legitimately described as waves and particles at the same time. They are genuine wavicles. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

We didn’t go to the moon to explore or because it was in our DNA or because we’re Americans. We went because we were at war and we felt a threat. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance that’s getting smaller and smaller and smaller as time moves on. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

The greatest of people that have ever been in society, they were never versions of someone else. They were themselves. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

Now imagine a world in which everyone, but especially people with power and influence, holds an expanded view of our place in the cosmos. With that perspective, our problems would shrink-or never arise at all-and we could celebrate our earthly differences while shunning the behavior of our predecessors who slaughtered each other because of them. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

I dream of a world where the truth is what shapes people’s politics, rather than politics shaping what people think is true. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

We in astrophysics we think of the universe all the time. So to us, Earth is just another planet. From a distance, it’s a speck. And I’m convinced that if everyone had a cosmic perspective you wouldn’t have legions of armies waging war on other people because someone would say, Stop, look at the universe. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

Knowing how to think empowers you far beyond those who know only what to think. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

He invited people to sign a petition that demanded either strict control of, or a total ban on, dihydrogen monoxide…. Yes, 86 percent of the passersby voted to ban water (H2O) from the environment. Maybe that’s what really happened to all the water on Mars. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

I don’t want students who could make the next major breakthrough in renewable energy sources or space travel to have been taught that anything they don’t understand, and that nobody yet understands, is divinely constructed and therefore beyond their intellectual capacity. The day that happens, Americans will just sit in awe of what we don’t understand, while we watch the rest of the world boldly go where no mortal has gone before. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

I’ve known from long ago that the universe was calling me. If you were one of those annoying adults that said, ‘Oh, what are you gonna be when you grow up?’ I would say, ‘Astrophysicist .’ And then they’d walk away real quickly. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

I wonder if, in fact, we have been observed by aliens and upon close examination of human conduct and human behavior they have concluded that there is no sign of intelligent life on Earth. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

NASA was invented as a response to Cold War steps. There are those who presumed that we went to the moon because we’re explorers. We went to the moon because we were at war with the Soviet Union. And so when it became clear that they (Soviet Union) were not going to the moon, we’re done with the moon. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

I love being wrong because that means in that instant, I learned something new that day. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

For decades, we’ve been trying to cook up the building blocks of life, in the lab, and recreate the origins of it all, but the parts didn’t seem to fit together, until now. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

Every account of a higher power that I’ve seen described, of all religions that I’ve seen, include many statements with regard to the benevolence of that power. When I look at the universe and all the ways the universe wants to kill us, I find it hard to reconcile that with statements of beneficence. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

You say you’re worried about kids? I’m not worried about kids, I’m worried about grown ups… Children are not the problem here… We spend the first year of their lives teaching them how to walk and talk, and the rest of their lives telling them to shut up and sit down. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

Most science fiction is about tomorrow, a tomorrow brought to you by innovations in science and technology, and China was worried that if they just have everybody learning what is, they’re not going to be in a position to invent a tomorrow because their brain isn’t even wired to go in that direction. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

I know of no time in human history where ignorance was better than knowledge. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

Kids are born curious about the world. What adults primarily do in the presence of kids is unwittingly thwart the curiosity of children. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

In the New Testament, Thomas Jefferson cut out everything that was mystical, magical, miracle – physically with scissors – and then pasted in all that remained, such as Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

Aliens might be surprised to learn that in a cosmos with limitless starlight, humans kill for energy sources buried in the sand – Neil Degrasse Tyson

I’m optimistic. I see no longer people accepting fuzzy thinking in the world. The change is not that people aren’t still saying under-informed things. The change is that if you’re in power and you say something under-informed, there are people out there with a voice who will take you to task for having done so – Neil Degrasse Tyson

When we try to look farther into the universe we come to what appears to be the end of space but actually it’s the beginning of time. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

You don’t need to be a scientist to know Earth’s age or that life evolved. You just need be one who embraces objective truths – Neil Degrasse Tyson

People cited violation of the First Amendment when a New Jersey schoolteacher asserted that evolution and the Big Bang are not scientific and that Noah’s ark carried dinosaurs. This case is not about the need to separate church and state; it’s about the need to separate ignorant, scientifically illiterate people from the ranks of teachers. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

Science literacy is the artery through which the solutions of tomorrow’s problems flow. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

Intelligent design is a philosophy of ignorance. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

So maybe part of our formal education should be training in empathy. Imagine how different the world would be if, in fact, that were ‘reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy.’ – 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

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

Do you realize that if you fall into a black hole, you will see the entire future of the Universe unfold in front of you in a matter of moments and you will emerge into another space-time created by the singularity of the black hole you just fell into? – Neil Degrasse Tyson

Many people feel small because they’re small and the universe is big, but I feel big. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

You can’t have people making decisions about the future of the world who are scientifically illiterate. That’s a recipe for disaster. And I don’t mean just whether a politician is scientifically literate, but people who vote politicians into office. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

By the way, how much does NASA cost? It’s half a penny on a dollar. Did you know that? … The most powerful agency on the dreams of a nation is currently underfunded to do what it needs to be doing, and that’s making dreams come true … How much would you pay for the universe? – Neil Degrasse Tyson

Doing what has never been done before is intellectually seductive, whether or not we deem it practical. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

Somehow it’s O.K. for people to chuckle about not being good at math. Yet if I said, ‘I never learned to read,’ they’d say I was an illiterate dolt. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

Jesus Christ rose up from the tomb. Well, he’s the son of God, and now he’s like God’s spirit at this point. Why would a spirit need to move a rock? Why not just pass through the rock? But also, why wait for the guards to go to sleep? – Neil Degrasse Tyson

God displayed a sense of humor when he configured the region between our legs an entertainment complex built around a sewage system. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

In the end, it’s the people who are curious who change the world. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

If you find life on Europa [Jupiter’s moon], like, what would you call it? Would it be, like, Europeans? – Neil Degrasse Tyson

The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

The theory of evolution, like the theory of gravity, is a scientific fact. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

I would teach how science works as much as I would teach what science knows. I would assert (given that essentially, everyone will learn to read) that science literacy is the most important kind of literacy they can take into the 21st century. I would undervalue grades based on knowing things and find ways to reward curiosity. In the end, it’s the people who are curious who change the world. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

The most successful people recognize that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

After 50 years of television, there’s no other conclusion the aliens could draw, but that most humans are neurotic, death-hungry, dysfunctional idiots. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

If there were biologists among the extremophiles organisms that live in extreme conditions, they would surely classify themselves as normal and any life that thrived in room temperature as an extremophile. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

When students cheat on exams, it’s because our school system values grades more than students value learning. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

The problem in society is not kids not knowing science. The problem is adults not knowing science. They outnumber kids 5 to 1, they wield power, they write legislation. When you have scientifically illiterate adults, you have undermined the very fabric of what makes a nation wealthy and strong. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

It’s better to understand something than to memorize something. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

Once upon a time, people identified the god Neptune as the source of storms at sea. Today we call these storms hurricanes…. The only people who still call hurricanes acts of God are the people who write insurance forms. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

Who knows how dead Lazarus was? Was Lazarus decomposing in a six-foot grave when Jesus resurrected him? No, he wasn’t. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

You will never find scientists leading armies into battle. You just won’t. Especially not astrophysicists -we see the biggest picture there is. We understand how small we are in the cosmos. We understand how fragile and temporary our existence is here on Earth. We understand there are bigger problems we need to solve as a species than what God you pray to. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

If the purpose of the universe was to create humans, then the cosmos was embarrassingly inefficient about it. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

Claiming there is no other life in the universe is like scooping up some water, looking at the cup and claiming there are no whales in the ocean. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

The dinosaurs never saw that asteroid coming. What’s our excuse? – Neil Degrasse Tyson

The molecules that comprise our body are traceable to the crucibles of the centers of stars. These atoms and molecules are in us because, in fact, the universe is in us. And, we are not only figuratively, but literally, stardust. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

If we have the power to turn another planet into Earth, then we have the power to turn Earth back into Earth. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

One thing in life is for certain, the more profoundly baffled you have been in your life, the more open your mind becomes to new ideas. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

Facts are true whether or not you believe them. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

I have thoughts every day that are themselves tweets. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

What would aliens say when told earthlings shift clocks twice a year to fool themselves into thinking there’s more sunlight? – 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

Where did the concept of without borders come from? No one had that concept until you saw Earth from space, illustrated not by a mapmaker who’s color-coding political boundaries; it’s illustrated by nature itself and there’s land, there’s ocean, there’s atmosphere. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

Never presume that just because you disagree with an idea that you must be correct. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

It’s odd that the word ‘atheist’ even exist. I don’t play golf, is there a word for non-golf players? – Neil Degrasse Tyson

The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

The first colony on Mars is not going to be built by a private company. How are you going to make money? You’re not. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

One should not be too distracted by definitions. Ideas transcend definitions. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

Even with all our technology and the inventions that make modern life so much easier than it once was, it takes just one big natural disaster to wipe all that away and remind us that, here on Earth, we’re still at the mercy of nature. – 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

Everyone should have their mind blown once a day. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

Need a distraction today? Not only does 12 + 1 = 11 + 2, but the letters twelve plus one rearrange to give you eleven plus two. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body…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. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people 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 along the way, lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

Many people are unhappy because there was some point in their past where there was some glory day, and as they get older they’re not creating more glory days. They reflect on a time that they will never reach again, and it brings some level of dissatisfaction into their lives. I have circumvented that by simply making incumbent upon myself to always be productive in ways that are consistent with my physical body, my mental state of knowledge, but more important, my presumed growth in wisdom that would come with age. – Neil Degrasse Tyson

Imagination alone is not enough, because the reality of nature is far more wondrous than anything we can imagine – Neil Degrasse Tyson

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