Neil deGrasse Tyson :)
The universe is huge in time and in space and in contents. So the good thing about the universe is extraordinarily rare phenomena happen every day, someplace in the universe. And so, however rare we might calculate it would be up here for life as we know it, you multiply up the numbers—the stars in the galaxy, galaxies in the universe—these are staggeringly huge numbers. 10^21, a thousand times bigger than the number of grains of sand on an average beach, itself a hundred times bigger than the number of words ever spoken or uttered by all humans who have ever lived. These are staggeringly large—stupendously large numbers… that give us the confidence that even if intelligence life is only short-lived (grows up and then becomes so smart it can kill itself), that there’s bound to be one out there that we’re hitting it right at the right time that they are happy to have a conservation with us if we’re smart enough to have a conversation with them.

— Neil deGrasse Tyson

(via janf)

Neil speaking about cosmic understanding.

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10 Questions for Neil deGrasse Tyson

The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation.
For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And along the way, lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson (via somewisdom)

Neil: We Stopped Dreaming

Cosmic Quandaries with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil talking to Robert Kuhn as part of a group of distinguished panelists in a discussion of what may lie beyond our world