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40 Popular Quotes by Carl Sagan

Science Quotes by Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist, science popularizer, science communicator in astronomy as well as other natural sciences and an author too. Below are some of the best quotes by Carl Sagan.

Carl Sagan Quotes

  1. “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” – Carl Sagan
  2. “For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.” – Carl Sagan
  3. “The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent.” – Carl Sagan
  4. “If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” – Carl Sagan
  5. “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” – Carl Sagan
  6. “When you make the finding yourself – even if you’re the last person on Earth to see the light – you’ll never forget it.” – Carl Sagan
  7. “The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous.” – Carl Sagan
  8. “Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.” – Carl Sagan
  9. “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.” – Carl Sagan
  10. “We’ve arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology.” – Carl Sagan
  11. “Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.” – Carl Sagan
  12. “The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.” – Carl Sagan
  13. “For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.” – Carl Sagan
  14. “We are one species. We are starstuff.” – Carl Sagan
  15. “What counts is not what sounds plausible, not what we would like to believe, not what one or two witnesses claim, but only what is supported by hard evidence rigorously and skeptically examined. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” – Carl Sagan
  16. “Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.” – Carl Sagan
  17. “You can’t convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based on evidence, it’s based on a deep seated need to believe.” – Carl Sagan
  18. “It means nothing to be open to a proposition we don’t understand.” – Carl Sagan
  19. “Life is but a momentary glimpse of the wonder of this astonishing universe, and it is sad to see so many dreaming it away on spiritual fantasy.” – Carl Sagan
  20. “Human beings have a demonstrated talent for self-deception when their emotions are stirred.” – Carl Sagan
  21. “Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.” – Carl Sagan
  22. “It’s hard to kill a creature once it lets you see its consciousness.” – Carl Sagan
  23. “The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous.” – Carl Sagan
  24. “If we’re capable of conjuring up terrifying monsters in childhood, why shouldn’t some of us, at least on occasion, be able to fantasize something similar, something truly horrifying, a shared delusion, as adults?” – Carl Sagan
  25. “The sky calls to us. If we do not destroy ourselves, we will one day venture to the stars.” – Carl Sagan
  26. “Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.” – Carl Sagan
  27. “Humans are very good at dreaming, although you’d never know it from your television.” – Carl Sagan
  28. “Every kid starts out as a natural-born scientist, and then we beat it out of them. A few trickle through the system with their wonder and enthusiasm for science intact.” – Carl Sagan
  29. “For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.” – Carl Sagan
  30. “The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what’s true.” – Carl Sagan
  31. “Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” – Carl Sagan
  32. “We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers.” – Carl Sagan
  33. “What distinguishes our species is thought. The cerebral cortex is in a way a liberation. We need no longer be trapped in the genetically inherited behavior patterns of lizards and baboons: territoriality and aggression and dominance hierarchies. We are each of us largely responsible for what gets put in to our brains. For what as adults we wind up caring for and knowing about. No longer at the mercy of the reptile brain we can change ourselves. Think of the possibilities.” – Carl Sagan
  34. “A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism.” – Carl Sagan
  35. “The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent.” – Carl Sagan
  36. “War is murder writ large.” – Carl Sagan
  37. “As the ancient myth makers knew, we are children equally of the earth and the sky.” – Carl Sagan
  38. “We on Earth have just awakened to the great oceans of space and time from which we have emerged. We are the legacy of 15 billion years of cosmic evolution. We have a choice: We can enhance life and come to know the universe that made us, or we can squander our 15 billion-year heritage in meaningless self-destruction. What happens in the first second of the next cosmic year depends on what we do, here and now, with our intelligence and our knowledge of the cosmos.” – Carl Sagan
  39. “Human history can be viewed as a slowly dawning awareness that we are members of a larger group.” – Carl Sagan
  40. “We wish to pursue the truth no matter where it leads. But to find the truth, we need imagination and skepticism both.” – Carl Sagan

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