We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Clyde Tombaugh Quotes. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.
I think the driving thing was curiosity about the universe. That fascinated me. I didn’t think anything about being famous or anything like that, I was just interested in the concepts involved.
I realized that I would have some very tough sledding, and I was very discouraged because I didn’t see much hope of getting into the field I wanted to get into with no college education.
What you do is, you have your drawing board and a pencil in hand at the telescope. You look in and you make some markings on the paper and you look in again.
I shed many a tear when the steam engines went out of style on the railroads. I’d like to seem them come back, but I realize the diesels are more efficient.
We were suddenly faced with the necessity of training a lot of young men in the art of navigation.
I used to believe there were people on Mars, and of course now we know there aren’t. Mars held particular interest. I was curious what kind of beings they would look like.
I guess they just took it for granted that that was what I was interested in and let nature take its course.
I was interested in telescopes and the way they worked because I had an intense desire to see what things looked like, so I learned how to use telescopes and find things in the sky.
That’s the way I got along in life. I don’t ever remember being particularly jealous of anybody, because I figured if I can’t do it myself, I don’t deserve to get it.
You wonder about it and wonder how will I make an instrument that can handle this kind of a problem.
Can you imagine young people nowadays making a study of trigonometry for the fun of it? Well I did.
When I was in the fourth grade, I became intensely interested in geography and I learned it well.
Although my early equipment was very modest, later I made my own and they were more powerful.
A person that much interested in science is going to neglect his social life somewhat, but not completely, because that isn’t healthy either. So one has to work it out according to one’s own inclinations, how one wants to proportion these things.
I think there’s a supreme power behind the whole thing, an intelligence. Look at all of the instincts of nature, both animals and plants, the very ingenious ways they survive. If you cut yourself, you don’t have to think about it.
I thought I’d better check this third plate, which is another date, see if there’s an image there in the right place that would be consistent with the images on the other plates. That was the final proof.
Unfortunately, a lot of the concepts in the Bible are based on ancient mythology that doesn’t fit the findings of science.
I guess the two things I was most interested in were telescopes and steam engines. My father was an engineer on a threshing rig steam engine and I loved the machinery.
By the time I was in sixth grade I could bound every country in the world from memory.
It was depressing, very depressing. I worried about how I would make a living. I didn’t want to stay on the farm. It didn’t offer the challenge I wanted and yet, without a college education, I felt that I was really out of luck.