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Richard P. Feynman Quote: “Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.”

Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.

— Richard P. Feynman



Richard P. Feynman Quote: “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.”

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “What I cannot create, I do not understand.”

What I cannot create, I do not understand.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “I, a universe of atoms, an atom in the universe.”

I, a universe of atoms, an atom in the universe.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It’s their mistake, not my failing.”

You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It’s their mistake, not my failing.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “Teach principles not formulas.”

Teach principles not formulas.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned.”

I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn’t matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough.”

Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn’t matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.”

I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “To not know math is a severe limitation to understanding the world.”

To not know math is a severe limitation to understanding the world.

— Richard P. Feynman



Richard P. Feynman Quote: “Scientists are explorers. Philosophers are tourists.”

Scientists are explorers. Philosophers are tourists.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “Physics is like sex: sure, it may give some practical results, but that’s not why we do it.”

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

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “The only way to deep happiness is to do something you love to the best of your ability.”

The only way to deep happiness is to do something you love to the best of your ability.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “Religion is a culture of faith; science is a culture of doubt.”

Religion is a culture of faith; science is a culture of doubt.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “I think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong.”

I think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “I wonder why. I wonder why. I wonder why I wonder.”

I wonder why. I wonder why. I wonder why I wonder.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “Physics isn’t the most important thing. Love is.”

Physics isn’t the most important thing. Love is.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “If you thought that science was certain – well, that is just an error on your part.”

If you thought that science was certain – well, that is just an error on your part.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool. So you have to be very careful about that. After you’ve not fooled yourself, it’s easy not to fool other scientists. You just have to be honest in a conventional way after that.”

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool. So you have to be very careful about that. After you’ve not fooled yourself, it’s easy not to fool other scientists. You just have to be honest in a conventional way after that.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “I love only nature, and I hate mathematicians.”

I love only nature, and I hate mathematicians.

— Richard P. Feynman



Richard P. Feynman Quote: “Fall in love with some activity, and do it! Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn’t matter.”

Fall in love with some activity, and do it! Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn’t matter.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “Nature has a great simplicity and therefore a great beauty.”

Nature has a great simplicity and therefore a great beauty.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “We need to teach how doubt is not to be feared but welcomed. It’s OK to say, “I don’t know.””

We need to teach how doubt is not to be feared but welcomed. It’s OK to say, “I don’t know.”

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “There is no learning without having to pose a question. And a question requires doubt.”

There is no learning without having to pose a question. And a question requires doubt.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “Know how to solve every problem that has been solved.”

Know how to solve every problem that has been solved.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “I was born not knowing and have had only a little time to change that here and there.”

I was born not knowing and have had only a little time to change that here and there.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “I don’t feel frightened by 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. Possibly. It doesn’t frighten me.”

I don’t feel frightened by 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. Possibly. It doesn’t frighten me.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “Mathematics is a language plus reasoning; it is like a language plus logic. Mathematics is a tool for reasoning.”

Mathematics is a language plus reasoning; it is like a language plus logic. Mathematics is a tool for reasoning.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “If all of mathematics disappeared, physics would be set back by exactly one week.”

If all of mathematics disappeared, physics would be set back by exactly one week.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “I think I can safely say that nobody understands Quantum Mechanics.”

I think I can safely say that nobody understands Quantum Mechanics.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “People who wish to analyze nature without using mathematics must settle for a reduced understanding.”

People who wish to analyze nature without using mathematics must settle for a reduced understanding.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “Everything we know is only some kind of approximation, because we know that we do not know all the laws yet. Therefore, things must be learned only to be unlearned again or, more likely, to be corrected.”

Everything we know is only some kind of approximation, because we know that we do not know all the laws yet. Therefore, things must be learned only to be unlearned again or, more likely, to be corrected.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “The world is a dynamic mess of jiggling things.”

The world is a dynamic mess of jiggling things.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.”

The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “Some people say, “How can you live without knowing?” I do not know what they mean. I always live without knowing. That is easy. How you get to know is what I want to know.”

Some people say, “How can you live without knowing?” I do not know what they mean. I always live without knowing. That is easy. How you get to know is what I want to know.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “Experiment is the sole judge of the validity of any idea.”

Experiment is the sole judge of the validity of any idea.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “Tell your son to stop trying to fill your head with science – for to fill your heart with love is enough.”

Tell your son to stop trying to fill your head with science – for to fill your heart with love is enough.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “Do not read so much, look about you and think of what you see there.”

Do not read so much, look about you and think of what you see there.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “The exception tests the rule.”

The exception tests the rule.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “You see, the chemists have a complicated way of counting: instead of saying “one, two, three, four, five protons”, they say, “hydrogen, helium, lithium, beryllium, boron.””

You see, the chemists have a complicated way of counting: instead of saying “one, two, three, four, five protons”, they say, “hydrogen, helium, lithium, beryllium, boron.”

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “Einstein was a giant. His head was in the clouds, but his feet were on the ground. But those of us who are not that tall have to choose!”

Einstein was a giant. His head was in the clouds, but his feet were on the ground. But those of us who are not that tall have to choose!

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “Science is what we have learned about how to keep from fooling ourselves.”

Science is what we have learned about how to keep from fooling ourselves.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “Outside of their particular area of expertise scientists are just as dumb as the next person.”

Outside of their particular area of expertise scientists are just as dumb as the next person.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “The electron is a theory we use; it is so useful in understanding the way nature works that we can almost call it real.”

The electron is a theory we use; it is so useful in understanding the way nature works that we can almost call it real.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “There is enough energy in a single cubic meter of space to boil all the oceans in the world.”

There is enough energy in a single cubic meter of space to boil all the oceans in the world.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “It’s amazing how many people even today use a computer to do something you can do with a pencil and paper in less time.”

It’s amazing how many people even today use a computer to do something you can do with a pencil and paper in less time.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “My rule is, when you are unhappy, think about it. But when you’re happy, don’t. Why spoil it? You’re probably happy for some ridiculous reason and you’d just spoil it to know it.”

My rule is, when you are unhappy, think about it. But when you’re happy, don’t. Why spoil it? You’re probably happy for some ridiculous reason and you’d just spoil it to know it.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “To every man is given the key to the gates of heaven. The same key opens the gates of hell. And so it is with science.”

To every man is given the key to the gates of heaven. The same key opens the gates of hell. And so it is with science.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “Our imagination is stretched to the utmost, not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things which are there.”

Our imagination is stretched to the utmost, not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things which are there.

— Richard P. Feynman


Richard P. Feynman Quote: “But see that the imagination of nature is far, far greater than the imagination of man.”

But see that the imagination of nature is far, far greater than the imagination of man.

— Richard P. Feynman

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