Bill Nye quotes

  • Science is the best idea humans have ever had. The more people who embrace that idea, the better.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Ideas #People #Embrace

  • The most serious problem facing humankind is climate change. All of these people breathing and burning our atmosphere has led to an extraordinarily dangerous situation. I hope next generation will emerge and produce technology, regulations, and a worldview that enable as many of us as possible to live happy healthy lives.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Technology #Breathing #People

  • Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Interesting

  • The meaning of life is pretty clear: Living things strive to pass their genes into the future. The claim that we would not have morals or ethics without religion is extraordinary. Animals in nature seem to behave in moral ways without organized religion.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Animal #Meaning Of Life #Way

  • The more you find out about the world, the more opportunities there are to laugh at it.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Opportunity #Laughing #World

  • The thing about a theory in science is it allows you make predictions. Evolutionary theory allows us to predict what apples will taste good next harvest.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Apples #Taste #Next

  • Bicycling is a big part of the future. It has to be. There's something wrong with a society that drives a car to work out in a gym.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Work Out #Car #Bigs

  • Evolution is not something you can believe in or not believe in like do you believe in gravity.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Believe #Evolution #Gravity

  • There really is no such thing as race. We all came from Africa. We are all of the same stardust. We are all going to live and die on the same planet, a Pale Blue Dot in the vastness of space. We have to work together.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Race #Blue #Space

  • Science provides a much more satisfactory way to seek answers than does any religion.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Way #Doe #Answers

  • We are just a speck, on a speck, orbiting a speck, in the corner of a speck, in the middle of nowhere.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Motivational #Middle #Specks

  • Our goal in science is to discover universal laws of nature. If one's faith requires one to abandon or ignore natural laws, well, that person is going to have trouble reconciling religion and science. Otherwise, there is no any conflict.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Law #Goal #Conflict

  • The Earth is not 6,000 or 10,000 years old. It's not. And if that conflicts with your beliefs, I strongly feel you should question your beliefs.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Years #Earth #Belief

  • People get a lot out of being religious. They have strong senses of community and mutual support. So, what's not to love [there]?
    -- Bill Nye

    #Religious #Strong #People

  • I just want to remind us all there are billions of people in the world who are deeply religious, who get enriched by the wonderful sense of community by their religion. But these same people do not embrace the extraordinary view that the Earth is somehow only 6,000 years old.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Religious #Views #Years

  • If you just take a single human and put him or her in the forest he or she might not do very well without some sort of education which he got or she got from some tribe.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Forests #Tribes #Might

  • There's nothing I believe in more strongly than getting young people interested in science and engineering, for a better tomorrow, for all humankind.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Believe #Engineering #People

  • Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology. The key to our being here now is time, 4.54 billion (Earth) years of time. Nuclear fission wasn't discovered until long after Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace published their original books and papers, for example. Our ability to measure atomic masses wasn't developed until long after their deaths. These features of nature enabled us to reckon the age of the Earth and compare it with speciation rates here.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Book #Keys #Years

  • To leave the world better than you found it, sometimes you have to pick up other people's trash.
    -- Bill Nye

    #People #World #Sometimes

  • I don't perceive an anti-religious agenda, especially with regard to Christians and Christianity. The issue being debated was creationism, the idea that the Earth is 6,000 years old. As I understand it, this involves the Bible's Old Testament exclusively.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Christian #Religious #Years

  • The information you get from social media is not a substitute for academic discipline at all.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Media #Discipline #Information

  • No matter what you may believe spiritually or otherwise, the Earth is clearly not 6,000 or 10,000 years old.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Believe #Years #Earth

  • Science is the key to our future, and if you don’t believe in science, then you’re holding everybody back. And it’s fine if you as an adult want to run around pretending or claiming that you don’t believe in evolution, but if we educate a generation of people who don’t believe in science, that’s a recipe for disaster. We talk about the Internet. That comes from science. Weather forecasting. That comes from science. The main idea in all of biology is evolution. To not teach it to our young people is wrong.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Running #Believe #Weather

  • Religion is a completely different thing from the claim that the Earth is six thousand years old. That's just crazy.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Crazy #Years #Earth

  • Winter lingered so long in the lap of Spring that it occasioned a great deal of talk.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Spring #Winter #Long

  • I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, that's completely inconsistent with the world we observe, that's fine.  But don't make your kids do it.  Because we need them.  We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future.  We need engineers that can build stuff and solve problems.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Kids #Needs #World

  • Without an end to the burning of fossil fuels, coal especially, most of us will live shorter lives. I'm hopeful, but very, very concerned.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Hopeful #Coal #Burning

  • If you look back on all the teachers that you liked, I am sure you will find they were very entertaining.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Teacher #Looks #Entertaining

  • I speak with dogs frequently. They don't really talk, but I feel they're communicating.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Dog #Speak #Communicate

  • Humor is everywhere in that there's irony in just about anything a human does.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Funny #Humor #Doe

  • America has had many other discoverers besides Columbus, but he seems to have made more satisfactory arrangements with the historians than any of the others.
    -- Bill Nye

    #America #Columbus #Made

  • Hard to find anything lovelier than a tree. They grow at right angles to a tangent of the nominal sphere of the Earth.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Tree #Earth #Spheres

  • I've always loved airplanes and flight. The space program was really important to me as a kid. I still have a photo of Armstrong and Aldrin on the moon in my living room.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Kids #Airplane #Moon

  • If we raise a generation of students who dont believe in the process of science, who think everything that weve come to know about nature and the universe can be dismissed by a few sentences translated into English from some ancient text, youre not going to continue to innovate,
    -- Bill Nye

    #Believe #Thinking #Generations

  • As my old professor Carl Sagan said so often, 'When you’re in love, you want to tell the world.’ And I base my beliefs on the information and the process that we call science. It fills me with joy to make discoveries every day of things I’ve never seen before. It fills me with joy to know that we can pursue these answers. It is an astonishing thing that we are — you and I are one of the ways the universe knows itself.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Love You #Discovery #Joy

  • Researchers have proven that scientifically, that all humans are one people
    -- Bill Nye

    #People #Humans

  • There is no debate in the scientific community...We need [Congress] to change things, not to deny what's happening.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Leadership #Nature #Science

  • I often reflect on what an extraordinary time (pun intended) it is to be alive here in the beginning of the twenty-first century. It took life billions of years to get to this point. It took humans thousands of years to piece together a meaningful understanding of our cosmos, our planet and ourselves. Think how fortunate we are to know this much. But think also of all that's yet to be discovered. Here's hoping the deep answers to the deep questions-from the nature of consciousness to the origin of life-will be found in not too much more time.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Meaningful #Thinking #Years

  • I say to the grown-ups, 'If you want to deny evolution and live in your world that's completely inconsistent with everything we've observed in the universe that's fine. But don't make your kids do it.'
    -- Bill Nye

    #Kids #World #Want

  • How did we let an ideological resistance to inquiry become such a prominent part of our society?
    -- Bill Nye

    #Inquiry #Our Society #Resistance

  • What happens to other species also happens to us.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Species

  • We need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Needs #Voters #Taxpayers

  • Some of the most wonderful aspects and consequences of evolution have been discovered only recently. This is in stark contrast to creationism, which offers a static view of the world, one that cannot be challenged or tested with reason. And because it cannot make predictions, it cannot lead to new discoveries, new medicines, or new ways to feed all of us.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Discovery #Views #Medicine

  • I'll admit that the discovery of evolution is humbling, but it is also empowering. It transforms our relationship to the life around us. Instead of being outsiders watching the natural world go by, we are insiders. We are part of the process; we are the exquisite result of billions of years of natural research and development.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Discovery #Years #Empowering

  • The natural world is a package deal; you don't get to select which facts you like and which you don't.
    -- Bill Nye

    #World #Facts #Natural

  • In another couple centuries I'm sure that worldview won't even exist.  There's no evidence for it.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Couple #Century #Evidence

  • People confuse the word cynicism with the word skepticism. One is “you’re not gonna pay attention to anything, think everything’s screwed up, nothing’s ever gonna work out right”, that’s cynicism. But skepticism is, “you’re presented with evidence and you do your best to draw conclusions based on that”. So, as the saying goes, Bill Nye, do you believe in ghosts? No. However, I would love to see one. Bring it on. I’m open minded to the idea, but the more I look into it in a skeptical frame of thinking, the less likely it seems.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Believe #Thinking #Ideas

  • Everyone, red state, blue state, everyone supports space exploration.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Blue #Space #Support

  • There are just two people entitled to refer to themselves as "we"; one is the editor and the other is the fellow with a tapeworm.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Editors #Two #People

  • NASA is an engine of innovation and inspiration as well as the world's premier space exploration agency, and we are well served by politicians working to keep it that way, instead of turning it into a mere jobs program, or worse, cutting its budget.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Jobs #Inspiration #Cutting

  • I always liked show biz and got to make a few training films at Boeing.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Training #Boeing #Film

  • If NASA is to reach beyond the Moon and someday reach Mars, it must be relieved of the burden of launching people and cargo to low earth orbit. To do that, we must invest more in commercial spaceflight.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Moon #People #Mars

  • You stop planetary exploration, those people who do that extraordinary work are going to have to go do something else.
    -- Bill Nye

    #People #Exploration #Extraordinary

  • Climate change is happening, humans are causing it, and I think this is perhaps the most serious environmental issue facing us.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Thinking #Issues #Environmental

  • One of the drawbacks of English is you can't spell things by hearing them.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Hearing #Drawbacks

  • My father was a very good Boy Scout. He was very skilled with knots, and he showed me how to tie a bow tie.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Father #Boys #Ties

  • As you may know, I am a mechanical engineer.
    -- Bill Nye

    #May

  • A two-and-a-half-year-old is pretty experienced at making a mess, anyway.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Years #Two #Half

  • I hope climate science becomes the big thing. And then what I want is electrical engineers to solve the world's energy problems, energy distribution problems. I want mechanical engineers to make better transportation systems. I want chemical engineers to develop better solar panels, and so on.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Energy #Climate #World

  • Evolution is a theory, and it's a theory that you can test. We've tested evolution in many ways. You can't present good evidence that says evolution is not a fact.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Tests #Way #Facts

  • If the Earth gets hit by an asteroid, it's game over. It's control-alt-delete for civilization.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Civilization #Games #Earth

  • I like to regard myself as someone who's capable of critical thought, that is to say, who can evaluate claims.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Claims #Critical #Capable

  • Science is the key to our future, and if you don't believe in science, then you're holding everybody back.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Believe #Keys #Our Future

  • Teaching creationism in science class as an alternative to evolution is inappropriate.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Teaching #Class #Alternatives

  • Unlike science, creationism cannot predict anything, and it cannot provide satisfactory answers about the past.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Past #Answers #Creationism

  • When we see the shadow on our images, are we seeing the time 11 minutes ago on Mars? Or are we seeing the time on Mars as observed from Earth now? It's like time travel problems in science fiction. When is now; when was then?
    -- Bill Nye

    #Travel #Shadow #Fiction

  • Tax dollars intended for science education must not be used to teach creationism as any sort of real explanation of nature, because any observation or process of inference about our origin and the nature of the universe disproves creationism in every respect.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Real #Dollars #Inference

  • Burning carbon-based substances like oil, gas, and especially coal, produces billions of tons of extra carbon dioxide each year. Methane gas from cows and pigs and other animals on our large farms ends up in the atmosphere as well, trapping more of the sun's energy as heat.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Animal #Oil #Pigs

  • Television isn't inherently good or bad. You go to a bookstore, there are how many thousands of books, but how many of those do you want? Five? Television's the same way. If you're going to show people stuff, television is the way to go. Words and pictures show things.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Book #People #Television

  • People that don't want to get down to the business at hand. Instead of just doing less, we have to find ways of doing more with less. That's the key to the future.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Keys #Hands #People

  • People and stars are made of the same stuff.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Stars #People #Meaning Of Life

  • Evolution is one of the most powerful and important ideas ever developed in the history of science. Every question it raises leads to new answers, new discoveries, and new smarter questions. The science of evolution is as expansive as nature itself. It is also the most meaningful creation story that humans have ever found.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Meaningful #Powerful #Discovery

  • If you have this idea that the earth is only 6,000 years old, you are denying, if you will, everything that you can touch and see. Youre not paying attention to whats happening in the universe around you.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Years #Ideas #Attention

  • I've got no problem with anybody's religion. But if you go claiming the Earth is only 10,000 years old, that's just wrong.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Years #Earth #Problem

  • But investment in space stimulates society, it stimulates it economically, it stimulates it intellectually, and it gives us all passion.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Passion #Space #Giving

  • I used to play ultimate Frisbee, and I just got a reputation for making popcorn at parties. I don't mean to brag on myself, but I make the popcorn in the pot, and it comes out fine every time.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Party #Mean #Play

  • If you want grown-ups to recycle, just tell their kids the importance of recycling, and they'll be all over it.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Kids #Want #Recycling

  • History is but the record of the public and official acts of human beings. It is our object, therefore, to humanize our history and deal with people past and present; people who ate and possibly drank; people who were born, flourished and died; not grave tragedians, posing perpetually for their photographs.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Past #People #Records

  • The Big Bang banged, and for some reason we’re here. And that’s astonishing. And that we can understand that, that’s the most astonishing.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Bangs #Reason #Bigs

  • I understand that you take the Bible, as written in English, translated many many times over the last three millennia as to be a more accurate, more reasonable assessment of the natural laws we see around us than what I and everybody in here can observe. That, to me, is unsettling.
    -- Bill Nye

    #Assessment #Law #Three

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