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Carl Sagan Quote: “Man is a transitional animal. He is not the climax of creation.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “Except for fools and madmen, everyone knows that nuclear war would he an unprecedented human catastrophe.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “As the ancient myth makers knew, we are children equally of the earth and the sky.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “Those at too great a distance may, I am well are, mistake ignorance for perspective.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “Atheism is very stupid.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “Which aspects of our nature will prevail is uncertain, particularly when our visions and prospects are bound to one small part of the small planet Earth. But up there in the Cosmos an inescapable perspective awaits.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “Our children long for realistic maps of the future that they can be proud of. Where are the cartographers of human purpose?”
Carl Sagan Quote: “There is today-in a time when old beliefs are withering-a kind of philosophical hunger, a need to know who we are and how we got here. It is an on-going search, often unconscious, for a cosmic perspective for humanity.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “The lifetime of a human being is measured by decades, the lifetime of the Sun is a hundred million times longer. Compared to a star, we are like mayflies, fleeting ephemeral creatures who live out their lives in the course of a single day.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “There is a report that says that kids who watch violent TV programs tend to be more violent when they grow up. But did the TV cause the violence, or do violent children preferentially enjoy watching violent programs?”
Carl Sagan Quote: “If we teach only the findings and products of science – no matter how useful and even inspiring they may be – without communicating its critical method, how can the average person possibly distinguish science from pseudoscience?”
Carl Sagan Quote: “But I try not to think with my gut. If I’m serious about understanding the world, thinking with anything besides my brain, as tempting as that might be, is likely to get me into trouble.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “We have begun to contemplate our origins: starstuff pondering the stars; organized assemblages of ten billion billion billion atoms considering the evolution of atoms; tracing the long journey by which, here at least, consciousness arose.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “A millennium before Europeans were willing to divest themselves of the Biblical idea that the world was a few thousand years old, the Mayans were thinking of millions and the Hindus billions.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “The price we pay for anticipation of the future is anxiety about it.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “Our perceptions are fallible. We sometimes see what isn’t there. We are prey to optical illusions. Occasionally we hallucinate. We are error-prone.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “You are worth about 3 dollars worth in chemicals.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “When permitted to listen to alternative opinions and engage in substantive debate, people have been known to change their minds. It can happen.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “The visions we offer our children shape the future.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “Not all bits have equal value.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “Ubi dubium ibi libertas: Where there is doubt, there is freedom. LATIN PROVERB.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “The gears of poverty, ignorance, hopelessness and low self-esteem interact to create a kind of perpetual failure machine that grinds down dreams from generation to generation. We all bear the cost of keeping it running. Illiteracy is its linchpin.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “Our concern for the future can be tested by how well we support our libraries.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “It’s hard to kill a creature once it lets you see its consciousness.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “Our ancestors lived out of doors. They were as familiar with the night sky as most of us are with our favorite television programs.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “A general problem with much of Western theology in my view is that the god portrayed is too small. It is a god of a tiny world and not a god of a galaxy much less of a universe.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “There are many hypotheses in science which are wrong. That’s perfectly all right: it’s the aperture to finding out what’s right. Science is a self-correcting process.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “An atheist has to know more than I know. An atheist is someone who knows there is no God.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “How smart does a chimp have to be before killing him constitutes murder?”
Carl Sagan Quote: “If we are to survive, our loyalties must be broadened further, to include the whole human community, the entire planet Earth.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “Writing a novel is like trying to solve a very long mathematical equation. Changing anything can change everything else.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “In a lot of scientists, the ratio of wonder to skepticism declines in time. That may be connected with the fact that in some fields-mathematics, physics, some others-the great discoveries are almost entirely made by youngsters.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “But amid much elegance and precision, the details of life and the Universe also exhibit haphazard, jury-rigged arrangements and much poor planning. What shall we make of this: an edifice abandoned early in construction by the architect?”
Carl Sagan Quote: “Humans – who enslave, castrate, experiment on, and fillet other animals – have had an understandable penchant for pretending animals do not feel pain.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “I consider it an extremely dangerous doctrine, because the more likely we are to assume that the solution comes from the outside, the less likely we are to solve our problems ourselves.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “I can find in my undergraduate classes, bright students who do not know that the stars rise and set at night, or even that the Sun is a star.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “These days there seems to be nowhere left to explore, at least on the land area of the Earth. Victims of their very success, the explorers now pretty much stay home.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “Perhaps the depth of love can be calibrated by the number of different selves that are actively involved in a given relationship.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “All inquiries carry with them some element of risk.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “The fact that so little of the findings of modern science is prefigured in Scripture to my mind casts further doubt on it divine inspiration.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “The vast distances that separate the stars are providential. Beings and worlds are quarantined from one another. The quarantine is lifted only for those with sufficient self-knowledge and judgment to have safely traveled from star to star.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “In the deepest sense the search for extraterrestrial intelligence is a search for ourselves.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “I would love to believe that when I die I will live again, that some thinking, feeling, remembering part of me will continue.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “In Mozambique, the story goes, monkeys do not talk, because they know if they utter even a single word some man will come and put them to work.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “Every time you look up at the sky, every one of those points of light is a reminder that fusion power is extractable from hydrogen and other light elements, and it is an everyday reality throughout the Milky Way Galaxy.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “Avoidable human misery is more often caused not so much by stupidity as by ignorance, particularly our ignorance about ourselves.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “Every cell is a triumph of natural selection, and we’re made of trillions of cells. Within us, is a little universe.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “The difference between physics and metaphysics is not that the practitioners of one are smarter than the practitioners of the other. The difference is that the metaphysicist has no laboratory.”
Carl Sagan Quote: “We can always take but never give.”
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