Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan

American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist and author

Lived from: 1934-1996

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Carl Sagan

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    It took the Church until 1832 to remove Galileo's work from its list of books which Catholics were forbidden to read at the risk of dire punishment of their immortal souls.
    Source: Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space (1994)
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    Knowing a great deal is not the same as being smart; intelligence is not information alone but also judgement, the manner in which information is coordinated and used.
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    Man is a transitional animal. He is not the climax of creation.
    Source: Carl Sagan's Cosmic Connection: An Extraterrestrial Perspective (1973) 5
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    Many harebrained interpretations were also widely available, especially in weekly newspapers.
    Source: Contact (1985) Ch. 13 (p. 216)
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    Modern science has been a voyage into the unknown, with a lesson in humility waiting at every stop. Many passengers would rather have stayed home.
    Source: Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space (1994)
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    Much of human history can, I think, be described as a gradual and sometimes painful liberation from provincialism, the emerging awareness that there is more to the world than was generally believed by our ancestors.
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    My view is that if there is no evidence for it, then forget about it. An agnostic is somebody who doesn’t believe in something until there is evidence for it, so I’m agnostic.
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    Nothing disturbs me more than the glorification of stupidity.
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    One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.
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    One of the greatest gifts adults can give - to their offspring and to their society - is to read to children.
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    Our ancestors worshipped the Sun, and they were not that foolish. It makes sense to revere the Sun and the stars, for we are their children.
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    Our loyalties are to the species and the planet. We speak for Earth. Our obligation to survive and flourish is owed not just to ourselves, but also to that Cosmos, ancient and vast, from which we spring.
    Source: Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (1990) 54 min 25 sec
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    Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.
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    Personally, I would be delighted if there were a life after death, especially if it permitted me to continue to learn about this world and others, if it gave me a chance to discover how history turns out.
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    Philosophers and scientists confidently offer up traits said to be uniquely human, and the monkeys and apes casually knock them down - toppling the pretension that humans constitute some sort of biological aristocracy among the beings on Earth.