I don't know much about particle physics but i used to know alot of people who did.
Nobody knows much about particle physics. Some are just less ignorant than others. I like these quotes that illustrate modern physics very well. They are talking about quantum mechanics.
"Quantum mechanics is magic." Daniel Greenberger.
"Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real." Niels Bohr.
"Those who are not shocked when they first come across quantum theory cannot possibly have understood it." Niels Bohr.
"If you are not completely confused by quantum mechanics, you do not understand it." John Wheeler.
"It is safe to say that nobody understands quantum mechanics." Richard Feynman.
"If [quantum theory] is correct, it signifies the end of physics as a science." Albert Einstein.
"I do not like [quantum mechanics], and I am sorry I ever had anything to do with it." Erwin Schrödinger.
"Quantum mechanics makes absolutely no sense." Roger Penrose.