Quotes by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
The only driver stronger than an economic argument to do something is the war argument, the I-don't-want-to-die argument.
When Kennedy said, 'Let's go to the moon,' we didn't yet have a vehicle that wouldn't kill you on launch. He said we'll land a man on the moon in eight years and bring him back. That was an audacious goal to put forth in front of the American people.
It turns out our brain is sensitive, maybe too sensitive, to motion. It's a survival mechanism.
For centuries, magicians have intuitively taken advantage of the inner workings of our brains.
As an American, I grew up in an era where we led the world in everything. Everything!
The first trillionaire in the world will be the person who mines asteroids.
No one wants to die, and no one wants to die poor. These are the two fundamental truths that transcend culture, they transcend politics, they transcend economic cycles.
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.
It may be that our cosmic curiosity... is a genetically-encoded force that we illuminate when we look up and wonder.
I get enormous satisfaction from knowing I'm doing something for society.
You can't come away with this cosmic perspective thinking that you are better than others and want to fight. That's why you'll never have astrophysicists leading nations into war.
When you put money directly to a problem, it makes a good headline. It makes a good campaign slogan. You get to claim that you've engaged in these activities within an election cycle. But certain investments take longer than an election cycle.
We define ourselves as intelligent. That's odd, because we're doing the definition - We're creating our own definition and saying, 'We are intelligent!'
I'm not as famous as Stephen Hawking, but certainly in the U.S., I have a very high profile for a scientist. It is an awesome responsibility, one that I don't shoulder lightly.
Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is one of 50 or 100 billion other galaxies in the universe. And with every step, every window that modern astrophysics has opened to our mind, the person who wants to feel like they're the center of everything ends up shrinking.
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 was born the same week NASA was founded, so we're the same age and feel some of the same pains, joys, and frustrations.
The humblest person in this world is the astrophysicist. Because we are face to face with our ignorance every single day.
There's a lot of memorization that goes on in school. You memorize vocabulary words and all these sorts of things.
In nature, when you conduct science, it is the natural world that is the ultimate decider in what is true and what is not.
If the only time you think of me as a scientist is during Black History Month, then I must not be doing my job as a scientist.
In the animal kingdom, one of the keys to survival is to outwit your enemies. And when you're surrounded by carnivores, one of the best strategies is to fade into the background and disappear.
Do you realize that if you fall into a black hole, you will see the entire future of the Universe unfold in front of you in a matter of moments and you will emerge into another space-time created by the singularity of the black hole you just fell into?