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A collection of thoughts and quotations by Niels Bohr on science, wisdom, truth, physics, quantum, reality, paradox, belief, mechanics and particles.

31 Best Quotes By Nobel Laureate Niels Bohr

Quick Facts

Famous As: Nobel Prize Winning Physicist

Born On: October 7, 1885

Died On: November 18, 1962

Born In: Copenhagen, Denmark

Died At Age: 77

Niels Henrik David Bohr was a Danish physicist. He is credited with scientific breakthroughs like the explanation of the atomic structure as well as quantum theory. He studied physics at Copenhagen University and earned a Ph.D in physics from the same university. He is well-known for having explained the atomic structure and his model is known as the ‘Bohr Model’, which remains the first model to have provided a valid theory on something that had been dwelt upon by number of scientists prior to Bohr. Other than the Bohr Model, he is renowned for ‘Bohr Radius’, ‘BKS Theory’, ‘Copenhagen Interpretation’, ‘Bohr Orbital’, ‘Hafnium’ and ‘Complementarity’ among others. Bohr was one of the most gifted scientists of his generation and he remains to be one of the most influential scientists to have ever existed. Bohr won several awards, chief among them being the ‘Hughes Medal’, ‘Copley Medal’, ‘Matteucci Medal’ and the ‘Nobel Prize in Physics’ among others. His observations and thoughts over sereval things made huge impact. He voiced great concern about how nations would work together. The below collection of Niels Bohr most famous quotes have been excerpted from his writings, papers and thoughts. We bring to you a collection of sayings and quotes by Niels Bohr that will surely leave a lasting impression.
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An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.

Niels Bohr

Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.

Niels Bohr

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

Niels Bohr

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

Niels Bohr

How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress.

Niels Bohr

Those who are not shocked when they first come across quantum theory cannot possibly have understood it.

Niels Bohr

No, no, you're not thinking; you're just being logical.

Niels Bohr

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

Niels Bohr

Stop telling God what to do with his dice.

Niels Bohr

Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think

Niels Bohr

We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question which divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct. My own feeling is that it is not crazy enough.

Niels Bohr

A physicist is just an atom's way of looking at itself.

Niels Bohr

The meaning of life consists in the fact that it makes no sense to say that life has no meaning.

Niels Bohr

Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself it’s own solution. It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it.

Niels Bohr

There are trivial truths and there are great truths. The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false. The opposite of a great truth is also true.

Niels Bohr

Every sentence I utter must be understood not as an affirmation, but as a question.

Niels Bohr

You can recognize a small truth because its opposite is a falsehood. The opposite of a great truth is another truth.

Niels Bohr

An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field.

Niels Bohr

You must come to Copenhagen to work with us. We like people who can actually perform thought experiments!

Niels Bohr

Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true.

Niels Bohr

It is the hallmark of any deep truth that its negation is also a deep truth

Niels Bohr

It is not enough to be wrong, one must also be polite.

Niels Bohr

Every sentence I utter must be understood not as an affirmation but as a question. [A caution he gives his students, to be wary of dogmatism.]

Niels Bohr

You are not thinking, you are just being logical.

Niels Bohr

Physics is not about how the world is, it is about what we can say about the world

Niels Bohr

We are suspended in language.

Niels Bohr

In our description of nature the purpose is not to disclose the real essence of the phenomena but only to track down, as far as possible, relations between the manifold aspects of our experience.

Niels Bohr

The Stone Age didn't end because the World ran out of stones

Niels Bohr

Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it.

Niels Bohr

The very fact that knowledge is itself the basis for civilization points directly to openness as the way to overcome the present crisis.

Niels Bohr