Neil deGrasse Tyson quotes

Born
October 5, 1958 Manhattan, New York City, U.S.

Occupation
Astrophysicist, author, and science communicator.

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City.

The first colony on Mars is not going to be built by a private company. How are you going to make money? You’re not.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
Perhaps we’ve never been visited by aliens because they have looked upon Earth and decided there’s no sign of intelligent life.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
The very nature of science is discoveries, and the best of those discoveries are the ones you don’t expect.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
As an American, I grew up in an era where we led the world in everything. Everything!
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
It’s the great tragedy – people employed in ways that don’t fully tap everything they do best in life.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
No one is dumb who is curious. The people who don’t ask questions remain clueless throughout their lives.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
Space exploration is a force of nature unto itself that no other force in society can rival.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
For centuries, magicians have intuitively taken advantage of the inner workings of our brains.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
In all civilizations we’ve studied, all cultures that we know of across the Earth and across time have invested some kind of attempt to understanding where where, where they come from, and where they are going.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
There is no greater education than one that is self-driven.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
You have not fully expressed your power as a voter until you have scientific literacy in topics that matter for future political issues.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
‘Boldly going where hundreds have gone before’ does not make headlines.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
Dreams about the future are always filled with gadgets.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
Even with all our technology and the inventions that make modern life so much easier than it once was, it takes just one big natural disaster to wipe all that away and remind us that, here on Earth, we’re still at the mercy of nature.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
The theory of evolution, like the theory of gravity, is a scientific fact.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
The chances that your tombstone will read ‘Killed by Asteroid’ are about the same as they’d be for ‘Killed in Airplane Crash.’
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
Pretty much every plant and animal alive today is the result of eons of natural cross-breeding.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
I get enormous satisfaction from knowing I’m doing something for society.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
The humblest person in this world is the astrophysicist. Because we are face to face with our ignorance every single day.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
It may be that our cosmic curiosity… is a genetically-encoded force that we illuminate when we look up and wonder.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
The problem is not scientifically illiterate kids; it is scientifically illiterate adults. Kids are born curious about the natural world. They are always turning over rocks, jumping with two feet into mud puddles and playing with the tablecloth and fine china.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
The idea that science is just some luxury that you’ll get around to if you can afford it is regressive to any future a country might dream for itself.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
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
Kids are born curious about the world. What adults primarily do in the presence of kids is unwittingly thwart the curiosity of children.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
Passion is what gets you through the hardest times that might otherwise make strong men weak, or make you give up.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
If you think of feelings you have when you are awed by something – for example, knowing that elements in your body trace to exploded stars – I call that a spiritual reaction, speaking of awe and majesty, where words fail you.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
Space only becomes ordinary when the frontier is no longer being breached.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Venus transit is not a spectacle the way a total solar eclipse is a spectacle.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
We didn’t build the interstate system to connect New York to Los Angeles because the West Coast was a priority. No, we webbed the highways so people can go to multiple places and invent ways of doing things not thought of by the persons building the roads.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
I try to show the public that chemistry, biology, physics, astrophysics is life. It is not some separate subject that you have to be pulled into a corner to be taught about.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
There is always a place I can take someone’s curiosity and land where they end up enlightened when we’re done. That’s my challenge as an educator. No one is dumb who is curious. The people who don’t ask questions remain clueless throughout their lives.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
I know of no time in human history where ignorance was better than knowledge.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
Computers have proved to be formidable chess players. In fact, they’ve beaten our top human chess champions.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
There’s a lot to do in space. I want to learn more about the greenhouse effect on Venus, about whether there was life on Mars, about the environment in which Earth and the Sun is immersed, the behavior of the Sun.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson