Neil deGrasse Tyson: 10 Quotes from ‘Cosmos’ Astrophysicist

March 11, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s popularity has surged with “Cosmos” on Fox this Sunday.

Here’s 10 quotes from the famed astrophysicist:

“For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”

“Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not.”

“We spend the first year of a child’s life teaching it to walk and talk and the rest of its life to shut up and sit down. There’s something wrong there.”

“I would request that my body in death be buried not cremated, so that the energy content contained within it gets returned to the earth, so that flora and fauna can dine upon it, just as I have dined upon flora and fauna during my lifetime”

“Knowing how to think empowers you far beyond those who know only what to think.”


“The element Helium was discovered on the Sun before it was discovered on Earth. Was thus named for Helios the Greek Sun god,” he wrote March 2.

“When I shop for fruit & melons I like to hold a grape next to a cantaloupe & think of Earth next to Jupiter. Then I eat Earth.”

“According to the song, Rudolph’s nose is shiny, which means it reflects rather than emits light. Useless for navigating fog.”

“The most boring constellation: Triangulum Australis. A profound lack of imagination – any 3 stars in the sky makes a triangle.”

“Apollo in 1969. Shuttle in 1981. Nothing in 2011. Our space program would look awesome to anyone living backwards thru time.”