15 Quotes from Surely You’re Joking, Mr Feynman! book by Richard D. Feynman

Surely You’re Joking, Mr Feynman!

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Surely You’re Joking, Mr Feynman! Quotes

I don’t know what’s the matter with people: they don’t learn by understanding; they learn by some other way—by rote, or something. Their knowledge is so fragile!

People often think I’m a faker, but I’m usually honest, in a certain way—in such a way that often nobody believes me!

Learn what the rest of the world is like. The variety is worthwhile.

I always do that, get into something and see how far I can go.

I’ve very often made mistakes in my physics by thinking the theory isn’t as good as it really is, thinking that there are lots of complications that are going to spoil it—an attitude that anything can happen, in spite of what you’re pretty sure should happen.

I was always dumb in that way. I never knew who I was talking to. I was always worried about the physics. If the idea looked lousy, I said it looked lousy. If it looked good, I said it looked good. Simple proposition. I’ve always lived that way. It’s nice, it’s pleasant—if you can do it. I’m lucky in my life that I can do this.

I don’t believe I can really do without teaching. The reason is, I have to have something so that when I don’t have any ideas and I’m not getting anywhere I can say to myself, “At least I’m living; at least I’m doing something; I’m making some contribution”—it’s just psychological.

You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It’s their mistake, not my failing.

I never pay any attention to anything by “experts.” I calculate everything myself.

You only live one life, and you make all your mistakes, and learn what not to do, and that’s the end of you.

To sell a drawing is not to make money, but to be sure that it’s in the home of someone who really wants it; someone who would feel bad if they didn’t have it.

Every woman is worried about her looks, no matter how beautiful she is.

Pompous fools drive me up the wall. Ordinary fools are all right; you can talk to them, and try to help them out. But pompous fools—guys who are fools and are covering it all over and impressing people as to how wonderful they are with all this hocus pocus—THAT, I CANNOT STAND!

I feel that human beings should treat human beings like human beings. And unless I’m going to be treated like one, I’m not going to have anything to do with them!

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself—and you are the easiest person to fool. So you have to be very careful about that.

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