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Born: November 9, 1934
Died: December 20, 1996
26 Best Carl Sagan Quotes
Understanding is a kind of ecstasy.
We are star stuff harvesting sunlight.
I don’t want to believe. I want to know.
We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.
Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.
Across the sea of space, the stars are other suns.
You have to know the past to understand the present.
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence.
Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent.
It pays to keep an open mind, but not so open your brains fall out.
Atoms are mainly empty space. Matter is composed chiefly of nothing.
It’s hard to kill a creature once it lets you see its consciousness.
Books break the shackles of time, proof that humans can work magic.
Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.
We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.
Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors.
For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.
If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.
Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.
The universe is a pretty big place. If it’s just us, seems like an awful waste of space.
The cure for a fallacious argument is a better argument, not the suppression of ideas.
Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.
We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers.
Books are like seeds. They can lie dormant for centuries and then flower in the most unpromising soil.
Inspiring Quotes by Carl Sagan on Humanity & Life
Every star may be a sun to someone.
We can’t help it. Life looks for life.
An organism at war with itself is doomed.
Civilization is a product of the cerebral cortex.
All inquiries carry with them some element of risk.
The visions we offer our children shape the future.
To live in the hearts we leave behind is to live forever.
A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.
Better the hard truth, I say, than the comforting fantasy.
There are wonders enough out there without our inventing any.
The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.
I’ve always thought an agnostic is an atheist without the courage of his convictions.
Human beings have a demonstrated talent for self-deception when their emotions are stirred.
We must understand the Cosmos as it is and not confuse how it is with how we wish it to be.
Not explaining science seems to me perverse. When you’re in love, you want to tell the world.
Advertising teaches people not to trust their judgment. Advertising teaches people to be stupid.
For all our failings, despite our limitations and fallibilities, we humans are capable of greatness.
Any faith that admires truth, that strives to know God, must be brave enough to accommodate the universe.
The method of science, as stodgy and grumpy as it may seem, is far more important than the findings of science
We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.
Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.
It is the tension between creativity and skepticism that has produced the stunning and unexpected findings of science.
A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism.
Perhaps the depth of love can be calibrated by the number of different selves that are actively involved in a given relationship.
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