15 Neil deGrasse Tyson Quotes to Inspire You (and Make You Clever)

Neil deGrasse Tyson has continued to spark our curiosity and teach us more and more about our universe and ourselves as the years have gone on. Without him or his appearances on educational shows like ‘Nova’, many people would be either lacking knowledge or the sheer curiosity to pursue it. So, in honor of this friendly and insightful scholar, here’s a collection of fifteen of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s most inspiring and uplifting quotes.





Passion is what gets you through the hardest times that might otherwise make strong men weak, or make you give up.




No one is dumb who is curious. The people who don’t ask questions remain clueless throughout their lives.




The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.




The most creative people are motivated by the grandest of problems that are presented before them.




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.




There is no greater education than one that is self-driven.




It may be that our cosmic curiosity… is a genetically-encoded force that we illuminate when we look up and wonder.




We live on this speck called Earth – think about what you might do, today or tomorrow – and make the most of it.




Everyone should have their mind blown once a day.




Dreams about the future are always filled with gadgets.




I want people to see that the cosmic perspective is simultaneously honest about the universe we live in and uplifting, when we realize how far we have come and how wonderful is this world of ours.




I know of no time in human history where ignorance was better than knowledge.




I don’t want people to say, ‘Something is true because Tyson says it is true.’ That’s not critical thinking.




Kids should be allowed to break stuff more often. That’s a consequence of exploration. Exploration is what you do when you don’t know what you’re doing.




I get enormous satisfaction from knowing I’m doing something for society.





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