Carl Sagan

1934 - 1996

A Quote by Carl Edward Sagan on earth and people

Look again at that dot.  That's here.  That's home.  That's us.  On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives.  The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every 'superstar,' every 'supreme leader,' every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there - on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)

Source: Pale Blue Dot

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A Quote by Carl Edward Sagan on light, candle, darkness, hope, human, and science

It's better to light a candle then to curse the darkness.

Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)

Source: http://www.quotesdaddy.com

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A Quote by Carl Edward Sagan on carl sagan, cosmos, and life

The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it but the way the atoms are put together.  The cosmos is also within us.  We're made of star stuff, we are a way for the cosmos to know itself.

Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)

Source: Cosmos

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A Quote by Carl Edward Sagan on cosmos, universe, and the world

Those afraid of the universe as it really is, those who pretend to nonexistent knowledge and envision a Cosmos centered on human beings will prefer the fleeting comforts of superstition. They avoid rather than confront the world. But those with the courage to explore the weave and structure of the Cosmos, even where it differs profoundly from their wishes and prejudices, will penetrate its deepest mysteries.

Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)

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A Quote by Carl Edward Sagan on delusion and universe

It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.

Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)

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A Quote by Carl Edward Sagan on liberty, opinion, truth, error, opportunity, stale, rote, understanding, and argument

'In his celebrated book, 'On Liberty', the English philosopher John Stuart Mill argued that silencing an opinion is "a peculiar evil." If the opinion is right, we are robbed of the "opportunity of exchanging error for truth"; and if it's wrong, we are deprived of a deeper understanding of the truth in its "collision with error." If we know only our own side of the argument, we hardly know even that: it becomes stale, soon learned by rote, untested, a pallid and lifeless truth.'

Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)

Source: The Demon Haunted World

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A Quote by Carl Edward Sagan on space, nature, matter, art, and artist

In the fabric of space and in the nature of matter, as in a great work of art, there is, written small, the artist's signature.

Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)

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A Quote by Carl Edward Sagan on creativity and science

It is the tension between creativity and skepticism that has produced the stunning and unexpected findings of science.

Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)

Source: Clinical & Professional Reasoning in Occupational Therapy

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A Quote by Carl Edward Sagan on carl sagan, science, and spirituality

Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light-years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. So are our emotions in the the presence of great art or music or literature, or of acts of exemplary selfless courage such as those of Mohandas Gandhi or Martin Luther King, Jr.

The notion that science and spirituality are mutually exclusive does a disservice to both.

Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)

Source: The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, Pages: 29..30

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A Quote by Carl Edward Sagan

For all our conceits about being the center of the universe, we live in a routine planet of a humdrum star stuck away in an obscure corner ... on an unexceptional galaxy which is one of about 100 billion galaxies. That is the fundamental fact of the universe we inhabit, and it is very good for us to understand that.

Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)

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