“The theory of quantum electrodynamics describes Nature as absurd from the point of view of common sense. And it agrees fully with experiment. So I hope you can accept Nature as She is—absurd.” — Richard Feynman, QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter
“I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It’s their mistake, not my failing.” — Richard Feynman, Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!
“You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish.” — Richard Feynman, Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!
“We have this terrible struggle to try to explain things to people who have no reason to want to know.” — Richard Feynman, “What Is and What Should Be the Role of Scientific Culture in Modern Society,” Galileo Symposium, Italy (1964)
“You only live one life, and you make all your mistakes, and learn what not to do, and that’s the end of you.” — Richard Feynman, Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!
“It is of great value to acknowledge ignorance. It is a fact that when we make decisions in our life, we don’t necessarily know that we are making them correctly; we only think that we are doing the best we can — and that is what we should do.” — Richard Feynman, The Pleasure of Finding Things Out
“You investigate for curiosity, because it is unknown, not because you know the answer.”— Richard Feynman, The Pleasure of Finding Things Out