48 Niels Bohr quotes (that will blow your tiny human mind)

Niels Bohr was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1885. He was a renowned scientist, who won a Noble Peace Prize in 1922 for his work in understanding atomic structure and quantum theory . 

He was also a keen philosopher and pioneer of scientific research, especially in the field of physics.

Below are a collection of his best quotes about science, life and much more.

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It is very difficult to make an accurate prediction, especially about the future.
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Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.
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It is a great pity that human beings cannot find all of their satisfaction in scientific contemplativeness.
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There are trivial truths and the great truths. The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false. The opposite of a great truth is also true.
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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.
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The opposite of every great idea is another great idea.
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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.
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It is not enough to be wrong, one must also be polite.
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If you think you understand it, that only shows that you don't know the first thing about it.
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If anybody says he can think about quantum physics without getting giddy, that only shows he has not understood the first thing about them.
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Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think.
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You must come to Copenhagen to work with us. We like people who can actually perform thought experiments!
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Technology has advanced more in the last thirty years than in the previous two thousand. The exponential increase in advancement will only continue. Anthropological Commentary The opposite of a trivial truth is false; the opposite of a great truth is also true.
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There is no hope for any speculation that does not look absurd at first glance.
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If quantum mechanics hasn't profoundly shocked you, you haven't understood it yet.
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Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution. It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it.
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An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field.
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A physicist is just an atom's way of looking at itself.
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The measurement we get when we measure something is not a property of the thing measured.
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In the great drama of existence we are audience and actors at the same time.
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Nothing exists until it is measured.
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Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future.
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Opposites are not contradictory but complementary.
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A deep truth is a truth so deep that not only is it true but it's exact opposite is also true.
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Physics is the belief that a simple and consistent description of nature is possible.
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The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy, but the best weapon of a democracy should be the weapon of openness.
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Every sentence I utter must be understood not as an affirmation, but as a question.
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No paradox, no progress.
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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.
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Every valuable human being must be a radical and a rebel, for what he must aim at is to make things better than they are.
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We are trapped by language to such a degree that every attempt to formulate insight is a play on words.
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There are some things so serious you have to laugh at them.
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It is wrong to think that the task of physics is to find out how nature is. Physics concerns what we say about nature.
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No, no, you're not thinking; you're just being logical.
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Anyone not shocked by quantum mechanics has not yet understood it.
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How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress.
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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.
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If we couldn't laugh at ourselves, that would be the end of everything.
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The meaning of life consists in the fact that it makes no sense to say that life has no meaning.
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Einstein, stop telling God what to do!
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If an idea does not appear bizarre, there is no hope for it.
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Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true.
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Sometimes the child in one behaves a certain way and the rest of oneself follows behind, slowly shaking its head.
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When it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry.
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One must always do what one really cannot.
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When searching for harmony in life one must never forget that in the drama of existence we are ourselves both actors and spectators.
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Accuracy and clarity of statement are mutually exclusive.
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Some subjects are so serious that one can only joke about them.
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