Quotes by Niels Bohr

Some of my favorites:

“Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.”

“If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet.”

“The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.”

“There are some things so serious that you have to laugh at them.”

“No, no, you’re not thinking; you’re just being logical.”

“Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think”

“We must be clear that when it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry. The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing facts as with creating images and establishing mental connections.”

“A visitor to Niels Bohr’s country cottage, noticing a horseshoe hanging on the wall, teasing the eminent scientist about this ancient superstition. “Can it be true that you, of all people, believe it will bring you luck?’

‘Of course not,’ replied Bohr, ‘but I understand it brings you luck whether you believe it or not.

“The Stone Age didn’t end because the World ran out of stones”

“Einstein, stop telling God what to do.”

~~~

Niels Bohr

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