Feynman Quotes

The obligatory page of quotes by Richard Feynman.

Also check out the Feynman Videos page.


Quotes by Richard Feynman

  • “I have no picture of the electromagnetic field that is in any sense accurate… I see some kind of vague shadowy wiggling lines – here and there is an E and a B written on them somehow, and perhaps some of the lines have arrows on them – an arrow here or there which disappears when I look too closely at it.” — Richard Feynman
  • “… The only direct methods of general applicability are the numerical techniques” — Richard Feynman
  • “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
  • “What I cannot create, I do not understand.” — Richard Feynman

A Few Other Nice Quotes

  • “You don’t understand something, until you can program it; that is, until you can communicate it to that ‘speedy idiot’.” — Professor Robert W. MacCormack, Stanford
  • “I haven’t failed. I’ve found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” — Thomas Alva Edison
  • “I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.” — Albert Einstein
  • “Well, I don’t think there is any question about it. It can only be attributable to human error. This sort of thing has cropped up before and it has always been due to human error.” – Hal

An Earful of Cider

“I used to cross the United States in my automobile every summer, trying to make it to the Pacific Ocean. But, for various reasons, I would always get stuck somewhere — usually in Las Vegas…” — Richard Feynman

Jack of spades
“Son, no matter how far you travel, or how smart you get, always remember this: Some day, somewhere, a guy is going to come up to you and show you a nice brand-new deck of cards on which the seal has never been broken, and this guy is going to offer to bet you that the jack of Spades will jump out of this deck and squirt cider in your ear. But son, do not bet with him, for as sure as you do, you are going to wind up with an earful of cider.” — Damon Runyon

  • “The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that’s the way to bet.” — Damon Runyon
  • “Of course I know the game is rigged… But it’s the only game in town.” — Canada Bill Jones
  • “I came to the conclusion long ago that all life is six to five against.” — Damon Runyon

Richard Feynman YouTube Videos

The Pleasure of Finding Things Out (Part 4/5)


The Pleasure of Finding Things Out (Part 5/5)


Richard Feynman Playing the Bongos



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