Friday, February 29, 2008

Niels Bohr Quotes

"If quantum mechanics hasn't profoundly shocked you, you haven't understood it yet."

"A triviality is a statement whose opposite is false. However, a great truth is a statement whose opposite may well be another great truth."

"Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true."

"How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress!"

"Einstein, stop telling God what to do." (Sometimes quoted including: "...with his dice.")

Alternate version: "Don't you think caution is needed when using ordinary language to ascribe attributes to God?"

"The complement of truth is clearness."

"It is very difficult to make an accurate prediction, especially about the future." (Org. Storm P.)

"An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field."

"Never talk faster than you think."

"There are some things so serious you have to laugh at them."

"We must be clear that when it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry. The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing facts as with creating images and establishing mental connections."

"Every sentence I utter must be understood not as an affirmation, but as a question."

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