60 Best Physics Quotes From Famous Scientists

Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Dec 12, 2023 By Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Originally Published on Feb 22, 2021
Edited by Jacob Fitzbright
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Physics, which also means ‘knowledge of nature’, is a subject of science which studies matter, its movements and its action through space and time in nature.

The first and main important objective of physics is to understand how the universe functions and assist in making new discoveries with time. Physics is one of the most important subjects and areas of study which fuels most of the work we get done by today's machines.

Today, we live in a world where physics has transformed our lives. Two of the most important things about physics: generate fundamental knowledge required for technological developments that ease and automate our work, its marriage with fields like engineering, computer studies, space travel, chemistry and biomedical studies.

Physics quotes are enjoyed by all! We have curated a list of important physics quotes, including some by famous scientists, which you will absolutely love!

If you find our content interesting, you can also check out funny science quotes and quotes about the universe.

Famous Physics Quotes From Physicists Like Richard P. Feynman

Popular physics quotes do not get lost in time. Here are some genius quotes by world famous scientists on physics that will make you fall in love with physics.

1. “Energy is liberated matter, matter is energy waiting to happen.”

- Bill Bryson.

2. “Not only is the Universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we can think.”

- Werner Heisenberg.

3. “It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong.”

- Richard P. Feynman.

4. “The laws of physics is the canvas God laid down on which to paint his masterpiece”

- Dan Brown.

5. “Physicists have come to realize that mathematics, when used with sufficient care, is a proven pathway to truth.”

- Brian Greene.

6. “Energy is liberated matter.”

- Bill Bryson.

7. “If the universe is an artificial simulation then the mathematics is its code and a physicist is a programmer.”

- Shubham Sanap.

8. “Theoretical physics is the entertainment branch of physics.”

- Khalid Masood.

9. “The study of physics is also an adventure. You will find it challenging, sometimes frustrating, occasionally painful, and often richly rewarding.”

- Hugh D. Young.

10. “Matter is energy waiting to happen.”

- Bill Bryson.

Best Science Quotes by Famous Scientists Like Stephen Hawking

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We cannot thank these scientists enough for the big advancements we have made in technology throughout the years. Here are some scientist quotes that you will definitely enjoy!

11. “I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy.”

- Richard P. Feynman.

12. “It's tough for magic to argue with physics, most of the time.”

- Jim Butcher.

13. “Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge.”

- Stephen Hawkings.

14. “Primitive life is very common and intelligent life is fairly rare. Some would say it has yet to occur on Earth.”

- Stephen  Hawking.

15. “There is nothing that living things do that cannot be understood from the point of view that they are made of atoms acting according to the laws of physics.”

- Richard P. Feynman.

16. “The best that most of us can hope to achieve in physics is simply to misunderstand at a deeper level.”

- Wolfgang Pauli.

17. “In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.”

- Carl Sagan.

18. “Deep down, nature is inherently peaceful, calm and beautiful. The universe as a whole is perfect. The chaos is on the surface.”

- Amit Ray.

19. “The Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.”

- J.B.S. Haldane.

20. “The question of relevance comes before that of truth, because to ask whether a statement is true or false presupposes that it is relevant.”

-David Bohm.

Quantum Physics Quotes That You Will Relish

The quantum theory is something a lot of people still don’t understand and get confused by! However, we believe that you will surely find the following list of physics quotes very interesting. Here are some quotes on quantum theory, quantum mechanics and quantum physics that you will never forget.

21.“Those who are not shocked when they first come across quantum theory cannot possibly have understood it.”

- Niels Bohr.

22. “Quantum theory provides us with a striking illustration of the fact that we can fully understand a connection though we can only speak of it in images and parables.”

- Werner Heisenberg.

23. “The truth is, everyone is confused by quantum physics.”

- David Walton.

24. “Protons give an atom its identity, electrons its personality.”

- Bill Bryson.

25. “Quantum attention functions are the keys to quantum machine learning.”

- Amit Ray.

26. “If you are not completely confused by quantum mechanics, you do not understand it.”

- John Wheeler.

27. “Quantum physics teaches us that we can simultaneously exist in many places, under certain conditions.”

- Amit Ray.

28. “At the atomic level, matter does not even exist with certainty; it only exists as a tendency to exist.”

- Bruce H. Lipton.

29. “Quantum attention functions are the bridges between the mental and the physical.”

- Amit Ray.

30. “The atoms or elementary particles themselves are not real; they form a world of potentialities or possibilities rather than one of things or facts.”

- Werner Heisenberg.

Famous Albert Einstein Quotes

Einstein was a true genius known for his contributed to society. Here are some popular physics quotes by the mastermind who found out, explored and theorised the theory of relativity.

31.“That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.”

- Albert Einstein.

32. “The most important tool of the theoretical physicist is his wastebasket.”

- Albert Einstein.

33. “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”

- Albert Einstein.

34. “Physics is essentially an intuitive and concrete science. Mathematics is only a means for expressing the laws that govern phenomena.”

- Albert Einstein.

35. “People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”

- Albert Einstein.

36. “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”

- Albert Einstein.

37. “The more success the quantum theory has, the sillier it looks.”

- Albert Einstein.

38. “God does not play dice with the universe.”

- Albert Einstein.

39. “I think that a particle must have a separate reality independent of the measurements. That is an electron has spin, location and so forth even when it is not being measured. I like to think that the moon is there even if I am not looking at it.”

Albert Einstein.

40. “The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.”

- Albert Einstein.

Galileo Quotes That Are Unforgettable

Like they say, “Old is gold.”Galileo is one of the greatest scientists, sometimes credited with inventing physics, who found many details and specifics around planets and objects in space fascinating. He has big discoveries under his name which earned him his infamous reputation!

41. “Measure what can be measured, and make measurable what cannot be measured.”

- Galileo Galilei.

42. “By denying scientific principles, one may maintain any paradox.”

- Galileo Galilei.

43. “The Milky Way is nothing else but a mass of innumerable stars planted together in clusters.”

- Galileo Galilei.

44. “Science proceeds more by what it has learned to ignore than what it takes into account.”

- Galileo Galilei.

45. “By denying scientific principles, one may maintain any paradox.”

- Galileo Galilei.

46. “You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.”

- Galileo Galilei.

47. “In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.”

- Galileo Galilei.

48. “Infinities and indivisibles transcend our finite understanding, the former on account of their magnitude, the latter because of their smallness; Imagine what they are when combined.”

- Galileo Galilei.

49. “It vexes me when they would constrain science by the authority of the Scriptures, and yet do not consider themselves bound to answer reason and experiment.”

- Galileo Galilei.

50. “I think that in the discussion of natural problems we ought to begin not with the Scriptures, but with experiments, and demonstrations.”

- Galileo Galilei.

Funny Physics Quotes That Will Make You Laugh

Here are some hilarious physics quotes that will definitely crack you up!

51. “What's the matter? What's the antimatter? Does it antimatter?”

- Wes Nisker.

52. “Physics is really nothing more than a search for ultimate simplicity, but so far all we have is a kind of elegant messiness.”

- Bill Bryson.

53. “Spacetime tells matter how to move; matter tells spacetime how to curve.”

- John Archibald Wheeler.

54. “Ronan didn't need physics. He could intimidate even a piece of plywood into doing what he wanted.”

- Maggie Stiefvater.

55. “Many physicists these days sound like the Delphic oracle - with equations.”

- John Twelve Hawks.

56. “In Einstein's theory of relativity the observer is a man who sets out in quest of truth armed with a measuring-rod. In quantum theory he sets out with a sieve.”

- Sir Arthur Eddington.

57. “I don't like electrons; they've always had a negative influence on society.”

- Chris Lipe.

58. “Give me a firm place to stand and I will move the earth.”

- Archimedes.

59. “I could tell that my parents hated me. My bath toys were a toaster and a radio.”

- Rodney Dangerfield.

60. “I have done a terrible thing, I have postulated a particle that

cannot be detected.”

- Wolfgang Pauli.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for physics quotes then why not take a look at funny math quotes, or 'Weird Science' quotes.

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Written by Rajnandini Roychoudhury

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

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Rajnandini RoychoudhuryBachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

With a Master of Arts in English, Rajnandini has pursued her passion for the arts and has become an experienced content writer. She has worked with companies such as Writer's Zone and has had her writing skills recognized by publications such as The Telegraph. Rajnandini is also trilingual and enjoys various hobbies such as music, movies, travel, philanthropy, writing her blog, and reading classic British literature. 

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