Basic Feynman
Quotes by Richard P. Feynman
“Work hard to find something that fascinates you.”
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“I am a successful lecturer in physics for popular audiences. The real entertainment gimmick is the excitement, drama and mystery of the subject matter. People love to learn something, they are ‘entertained’ enormously by being allowed to understand a little bit of something they never understood before. One must have faith in the subject and in people's interest in it.”
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“Learn by trying to understand simple things in terms of other ideas—always honestly and directly . . . Then when you have learned to explain simpler things, so you have learned what an explanation really is, you can then go on to more subtle questions.”
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“The worthwhile problems are the ones you can really solve or help solve, the ones you can really contribute something to. A problem is grand in science if it lies before us unsolved and we see some way for us to make a little headway into it. I would advise you to take even simpler, or as you say, humbler, problems until you find some you can really solve easily, no matter how trivial. You will get the pleasure of success, and of helping your fellow man, even if it is only to answer a question in the mind of a colleague less able than you.”
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“If you have any talent, or any occupation that delights you, do it, and do it to the hilt. Don't ask why, or what difficulties you may get into.”
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“My schedule is such lately that I must refuse to get bogged down reading someone else's theory; it may turn out to be wonderful and there I'd be with something else to think about.”
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“In physics the truth is rarely perfectly clear, and that is certainly universally the case in human affairs. Hence, what is not surrounded by uncertainty cannot be the truth.”
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“All you have to do is, from time to time—in spite of everything, just try to examine a problem in a novel way. You won't 'stifle the creative process' if you remember to think from time to time.”
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“Do not read so much, look about you and think of what you see there.”
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“UFOs are better explained in terms of the unknown irrationalities of terrestrial beings rather than by any unknown rationalities of extraterrestrial beings.”