In our description of nature the purpose is not to disclose the real essence of the phenomena but only to track down, so far as it is possible, relations between the manifold aspects of our experience.
A physicist is just an atom's way of looking at itself.
If quantum mechanics hasn't profoundly shocked you, you haven't understood it yet.
Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.
An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field.
When we measure something we are forcing an undetermined, undefined world to assume an experimental value. We are not measuring the world, we are creating it.
There are some things so serious you have to laugh at them.
A deep truth is a truth so deep that not only is it true but it's exact opposite is also true.
Opposites are not contradictory but complementary.
I go into the Upanishads to ask questions.
The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy, but the best weapon of a democracy should be the weapon of openness.
Nothing exists until it is measured.
When asked ... [about] an underlying quantum world, Bohr would answer, 'There is no quantum world. There is only an abstract quantum physical description. It is wrong to think that the task of physics is to find out how nature is. Physics concerns what we can say about Nature.'
No, no, you're not thinking; you're just being logical.
There is no hope for any speculation that does not look absurd at first glance.
When searching for harmony in life one must never forget that in the drama of existence we are ourselves both actors and spectators.
Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true.
Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution. It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it.
It is a great pity that human beings cannot find all of their satisfaction in scientific contemplativeness.
A physicist visits a colleague and notices a horseshoe hanging on the wall above the entrance. 'Do you really believe that a horseshoe brings luck?' he asks. 'No,' replies the colleague, 'but I've been told that it works even if you don't believe in it.'
The measurement we get when we measure something is not a property of the thing measured.
Einstein, stop telling God what to do!
If an idea does not appear bizarre, there is no hope for it.
It is, indeed, perhaps the greatest prospect of humanistic studies to contribute through an increasing knowledge of the history of cultural development to that gradual removal of prejudices which is the common aim of all science.
How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress.
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