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Richard P. Feynman: Born May 11, (1918 – 1988)

Richard Feynman from coverart for No ordinary Genius

Richard Feynman’s top 10 quotes

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

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

“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.”

“Fall in love with some activity, and do it! 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. Work as hard and as much as you want to on the things you like to do the best. Don’t think about what you want to be, but what you want to do. Keep up some kind of a minimum with other things so that society doesn’t stop you from doing anything at all.”

“We are trying to prove ourselves wrong as quickly as possible, because only in that way can we find progress.”

“What I cannot create, I do not understand.”

“What is surrounded by uncertainty cannot be the truth.”

“What Do You Care What Other People Think?”

“So my antagonist said, “Is it impossible that there are flying saucers? Can you prove that it’s impossible?” “No”, I said, “I can’t prove it’s impossible. It’s just very unlikely”. At that he said, “You are very unscientific. If you can’t prove it impossible then how can you say that it’s unlikely?” But that is the way that is scientific. It is scientific only to say what is more likely and what less likely, and not to be proving all the time the possible and impossible.”

“You see, I get so much fun out of thinking that I don’t want to destroy this pleasant machine that makes life such a big kick.”

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