"I engage in public debates, but I've never approached them like a high school exercise where one is committed to not changing one's view. I don't want to be wrong for a moment longer than I need to be. If my opponent is right about something, and I can see that, I will be very quick to admit it."
"A lot of people think that failure is a step backward. No, no, no. Failure is a step forward; a step forward in the right direction. Every time you fail you learn something from it, you gain something from it. You feel less anxiety when you're doing it again. You want to think that's a step backward? That's progress in every sense of the word."
"Mr. President, I’ll be honest with you, I was born in the U.S., I was trained as an engineer in the U.S., I’m a patriot -- both of my parents were veterans of World War II; they’re interred at Arlington. And I want the U.S. to lead. I want the U.S. to be the best in the world at the solutions and the innovations, and what it’s going to take to address climate change for the betterment of everybody."
"I see members of Congress being part of the climate-denier clubs and basically stiff-arming what we know are facts, and not rebutting them with other facts, but rebutting them with anecdote, just being dismissive, or 'I'm not a scientist'. I’m not a scientist, either, but I know a lot of scientists. I have the capacity to understand science. I have the capacity to look at facts and base my conclusions on evidence."
"Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward.
And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."
"The scientific creation story has majesty, power and beauty. and is infused with a powerful message capable of lifting our spirits in a way that its multitudinous supernatural counterparts are incapable of matching. It teaches us that we are the products of 13.7 billion years of cosmic evolution and the mechanism by which meaning entered the universe, if only for a fleeting moment in time. Because the universe means something to me, and the fact that we are all agglomerations of quarks and electrons in a complex and fragile pattern that can perceive the beauty of the universe with visceral wonder, is, I think, a thought worth raising a glass to this Christmas."