Top Ten Charismatic Richard Feynman Quotes That Inspire One to Pursue Science

Feynman, being one of the greatest scientific minds of all time, and also my role model, is the person who, once you even scrape against his works, makes you eager and determined to pursue science. Everything about him has inspired me immensely, and with this list, I hope to share this enthusiasm.

The Top Ten Charismatic Richard Feynman Quotes That Inspire One to Pursue Science

1 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.

Ok thanks to my "Aspergers" *cringes* I tend to notice small details but I thought I was making odd observations all that's because I am a science whiz but I am but it's a different reason as I stated before I tend to notice small details and that's how I sense in the layers of the sacred cosmos! - Kevinsidis

In this quote he says quite much, about what matters or doesn't matter, you just have to live and enjoy it with what it comes - MatrixGuy

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

Exactly. Creating your own principles without any basis and based on only assumptions, is something I can never take it for truth. - Kiteretsunu

This is actually a nice quote. Sometimes you are better off not knowing - or staying ignorant in my case. - Britgirl

3 Hell, if I could explain it to the average person, I wouldn't have been worth the Nobel prize.
4 Physics is like sex: sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it.
5 People often think I'm a faker, but I'm usually honest, in a certain way--in such a way that often nobody believes me!

If I ever feel discouraged in life, I often memorise this quote. - PositronWildhawk

6 You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you're finished, you'll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird... So let's look at the bird and see what it's doing -- that's what counts.

In other words, complicated names for things say very little. What we observe is what is fascinating. - PositronWildhawk

7 I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy.
8 We are lucky to live in an age in which we are still making discoveries.

I really like this one. The mixture of emotions generated when you find something interesting to you, is wonderful. - keyson

And new discoveries will never cease to happen. - Kiteretsunu

9 (Writing to Marcus Chown's mother) Tell your son to stop trying to fill your head with science — for to fill your heart with love is enough.

Think twice, no, more than twice about this one. What is it love for? - PositronWildhawk

10 The game I play is a very interesting one. It's imagination, in a tight straightjacket.

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11 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.
12 There's a big difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.
13 I love to think. I once considered taking drugs as an attempt to better understand an altered state of mind; however, I decided not to. I didn't want to chance ruining the machine.
14 Physicists like to think that all you have to do is say, these are the conditions, now what happens next?
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