Werner Heisenberg

Not only is the Universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we can think.

The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you.

What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.

There are things that are so serious that you can only joke about them.

The reality we can put into words is never reality itself.

An expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes that can be made in his subject, and how to avoid them.

The existing scientific concepts cover always only a very limited part of reality, and the other part that has not yet been understood is infinite. Whenever we proceed from the known into the unknown we may hope to understand, but we may have to learn at the same time a new meaning of the word ‘understanding’.

…science started from the belief — or should one say, from the illusion? — that we could describe the world, or least parts of the world, without any reference to ourselves.

Revere those things beyond science which really matter and about which it is so difficult to speak.

The positivists have a simple solution: the world must be divided into that which we can say clearly and the rest, which we had better pass over in silence. But can anyone conceive of a more pointless philosophy, seeing that we can say clearly amounts to next to nothing? If we omitted all that is unclear, we would probably be left completely uninteresting and trivial tautologies.

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