20 Inspirational Quotes by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Updated: Jul 28

Birth: October 5, 1958, Manhattan, New York, USA


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Neil deGrasse Tyson; astrophysicist, writer and science narrator. He is the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and also has many prestigious awards and honors such as the NASA Privileged Service Award, the Klopsteg Memorial Award and the American National Academy of Science Award.


He is currently the president of the Planetary Society institution. He has eight honorary doctorates. An asteroid (13123 Tyson) is named after him. In 2007, he was listed as one of "100 people affecting the world" by Time magazine. And not without saying, he hosted the documentary Cosmos: a Spacetime Odyssey, where most of us met 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
“Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not.” /Neil deGrasse Tyson
If Pizza sizes were given in area not diameter, you’d see instantly that a 7 inch is less than half the size of a 10 inch pie/Neil deGrasse Tyson
“I have a personal philosophy in life: If somebody else can do something that I’m doing, they should do it. And what I want to do is find things that would represent a unique contribution to the world — the contribution that only I, and my portfolio of talents, can make happen. Those are my priorities in life.” /Neil deGrasse Tyson
The most boring constellation: Triangulum Australis. A profound lack of imagination – any 3 stars in the sky makes a triangle/Neil deGrasse Tyson
“There is no greater education than one that is self-driven.” /Neil deGrasse Tyson
Apollo in 1969. Shuttle in 1981. Nothing in 2011. Our space program would look awesome to anyone living backwards thru time./Neil deGrasse Tyson
“For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.” /Neil deGrasse Tyson
If each dead person became a ghost, there’d be more than 100-billion of them haunting us all. Creepy, but cool./Neil deGrasse Tyson


“The only way you can invent tomorrow is if you break out of the enclosure that the school system has provided for you by the exams written by people who are trained in another generation.” /Neil deGrasse Tyson
If you removed all the arteries, veins, & capillaries from a person’s body, and tied them end-to-end…the person will die./Neil deGrasse Tyson
“Humans aren’t as good as we should be in our capacity to empathize with feelings and thoughts of others, be they humans or other animals on Earth. So maybe part of our formal education should be training in empathy. Imagine how different the world would be if, in fact, that were reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy.” /Neil deGrasse Tyson
If gridiron were a timeline, Big Bang at one goal, then cavemen to now spans thickness of single turf-blade at other goal./Neil deGrasse Tyson
“The universe is almost 14 billion years old, and, wow! Life had no problem starting here on Earth! I think it would be inexcusably egocentric of us to suggest that we’re alone in the universe.” /Neil deGrasse Tyson
“We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically.” /Neil deGrasse Tyson
Next time you’re stunned by large Moon on horizon, bend over and view it between your legs. The effect goes away entirely./Neil deGrasse Tyson
“My view is that if your philosophy is not unsettled daily then you are blind to all the universe has to offer.” /Neil deGrasse Tyson
“The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.” /Neil deGrasse Tyson
Dinosaurs are extinct today because they lacked opposable thumbs and the brainpower to build a space program.” /Neil deGrasse Tyson

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