Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist and cosmologist. He has hosted the weekly podcast Star Talk and the TV series Cosmos: Spacetime Odyssey.
As a nerd who is dreaming about the space and future his whole life, Neil deGrasse Tyson is a hero. His great enthusiasm and explanations of the things of science in a way which is understandable for the masses is changing the world. Because of this talks going to Mars is not only the dream of young nerdy kids but it's becoming cool thing to talk about among the adults again too.
And because Neil deGrasse Tyson is such an influential person I think it will be interesting to go through some of his best quotes.
"She was 60 times around the sun."— Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson's cool way of saying that someone is 60 years old.
"The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it."— Neil deGrasse Tyson
The full version of this quotation is:
“Once science has been established, once a scientific truth emerges from a consensus of experiments and observations, it is the way of the world. What I’m saying is, when different experiments give you the same result, it is no longer subject to your opinion. That’s the good thing about science: It’s true whether or not you believe in it. That’s why it works.”
And it makes perfect sense. Science is not in the statements. Science is in the evidence. And evidence is objective and true regardless of what anyone thinks of it.
"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
This quote is the part of Neil deGrasse Tyson's look on the life and motivation. The full version is even more inspirational.
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.
"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
"God is an ever receding pocket of scientific ignorance."— Neil deGrasse Tyson
This quote comes from a great explanation of Neil deGrasse Tyson about the god of the gaps. If everything we don't understand at this moment will be used as the evidence of God then the God becomes an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance that's getting smaller and smaller and smaller as we scientifically explain more and more unknown things.
"Knowing how to think empowers you far beyond those who know only what to think."— Neil deGrasse Tyson
We have an amazing amount of information these days which can be quote overwhelming. Being able to digest, think about, use the information, use critical thinking, and create our own opinion is very important.
"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
When we are kids we are curious and not afraid to ask (sometimes stupid) questions. When we become adults most of us will lose this curiosity and the scientist inside us. Neil deGrasse Tyson's goal is to spark that curiosity about life and universe in us again.
"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
The 10.000 hour rule says that 10.000 hours of deliberate practice are needed to become an expert in any field. If it's true or not doesn't matter. The fact is that you will definitely become better if you put some effort into it!
"Passion is what gets you through the hardest times that might otherwise make strong men weak, or make you give up."— Neil deGrasse Tyson
Be passionate about what you do and when the hard times will come you won't care. As Conficius said "Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day of your life."
"We live in the kind of society where, in almost all cases, hard work is rewarded."— Neil deGrasse Tyson
Work hard, be passionate about what you do and success will come!
"There is no greater education than one that is self-driven."— Neil deGrasse Tyson
Everyone knows that feeling when you are really passionate about some topic and you just want to learn more and more about it. In that situation learning is so easy. You probably have much more knowdledge about your hobby than all the knowledge combined you've learned in the school classes which you haven't been interested in.
"I think the greatest of people that have ever been in society, they were never versions of someone else. They were themselves."— Neil deGrasse Tyson
Be yourself. Find your own path in your life, your own unique way of becoming great. Find your strengths, your weaknesses and use them in your advantage.