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Carl Sagan Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Carl Sagan.

The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does
not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses.
They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton,
they laughed at the Wright brothers.
But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
- Carl Sagan

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Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.
- Carl Sagan

In order to make an apple pie from scratch,
you must first invent the universe.
- Carl Sagan

All of the books in the world contain no more information
than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year.
Not all bits have equal value.
- Carl Sagan

 

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile,
merely indifferent.
- Carl Sagan

Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were.
But without it we go nowhere.
- Carl Sagan

We've arranged a civilization in which most crucial
elements profoundly depend on science and technology.
- Carl Sagan

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The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.
- Carl Sagan

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
- Carl Sagan

For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.
- Carl Sagan

I am often amazed at how much more capability and enthusiasm
for science there is among elementary school youngsters
than among college students.
- Carl Sagan

Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion,
by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.
- Carl Sagan

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

We have also arranged things so that almost no one
understands science and technology.
This is a prescription for disaster.
We might get away with it for a while,
but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance
and power is going to blow up in our faces.
- Carl Sagan

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

If we long to believe that the stars rise and set for us,
that we are the reason there is a Universe,
does science do us a disservice in deflating our conceits?
- Carl Sagan

We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology,
in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.
- Carl Sagan

Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant
planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away
in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there
are far more galaxies than people.
- Carl Sagan

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

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

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

A celibate clergy is an especially good idea,
because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism.
- Carl Sagan

The brain is like a muscle.
When it is in use we feel very good.
Understanding is joyous.
- Carl Sagan

Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds
wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.
- Carl Sagan

Believe that life is worth living,
and your belief will help create the fact.
- William James

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact.
Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
- Marcus Aurelius

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.
- Socrates

Now there is one outstanding important fact regarding spaceship earth,
and that is that no instruction book came with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Friends love misery, in fact.
Sometimes, especially if we are too lucky
or too successful or too pretty,
our misery is the only thing that endears us to our friends.
- Erica Jong

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say,
abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
- George Eliot

Cause and effect are two sides of one fact.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing,
we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger,
but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.
- Robert Cushing

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.
Every appearance in nature corresponds to some state of the mind,
and that state of the mind can only be described
by presenting that natural appearance as its picture.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The mind exists in time, in fact the mind is time;
it exists in the past and the future.
And remember, time consists of only two tenses,
the past and the future.
The present is not part of time,
the present is part of eternity.
- Osho

We cannot change our past.
We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have,
and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me
and 90% how I react to it.
- Charles R. Swindoll

It is a scientific fact that your body will not absorb
cholesterol if you take it from another person's plate.
- Dave Barry

If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated,
let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he
does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right.
- Bill Cosby

All the Buddhas of all the ages have been
telling you a very simple fact:
Be - don't try to become.
Within these two words, be and becoming,
your whole life is contained.
Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.
- Osho

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy,
but that it is a bore.
It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.
- H. L. Mencken

The fact that I exist is a perpetual surprise.
- Rabindranath Tagore

To say that authority, whether secular or religious,
supplies no ground for morality
is not to deny the obvious fact that it supplies a sanction.
- Joseph Addison

If it weren't for the fact that the TV set and the
refrigerator are so far apart,
some of us wouldn't get any exercise at all.
- Joey Adams

A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of
labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.
- Grover Cleveland

Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition.
The immature mind often mistakes one for the other,
or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy -
in fact, they're almost incompatible;
one emotion hardly leaves room for the other.
Both at once can produce unbearable turmoil.
- Robert Heinlein

Thirty was so strange for me.
I've really had to come to terms with the fact that
I am now a walking and talking adult.
- C. S. Lewis

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude to me is more important than facts.
It is more important than the past, than education, than money,
than circumstances, than failures, than success,
than what other people think or say or do.
It is more important than appearance, gift, or skill.
It will make or break a company ... a church ... a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day
regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.
We cannot change our past ...
we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the string we have,
and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me
and 90 percent how I react to it.
And so it is with you ...
we are in charge of our attitudes.
- Charles Swindoll

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born -
that there is a genetic factor to leadership.
This myth asserts that people simply either
have certain charismatic qualities or not.
That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true.
Leaders are made rather than born.
- Warren G. Bennis

Belief creates the actual fact.
- William James

Equality is the soul of liberty; there is,
in fact, no liberty without it.
- Frances Wright

The great secret of doctors, known only to their wives,
but still hidden from the public, is that most things
get better by themselves;
most things,
in fact, are better in the morning.
- Lewis Thomas

You have to be a bastard to make it, and that's a fact.
And the Beatles are the biggest bastards on earth.
- John Lennon

It is a fact that cannot be denied:
the wickedness of others becomes our own wickedness
because it kindles something evil in our own hearts.
- Carl Jung

Every known fact in natural science was divined
by the presentiment of somebody,
before it was actually verified.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The great tragedy of science - the slaying of a beautiful
hypothesis by an ugly fact.
- Thomas Huxley

I can't let important policy decisions hinge on the
fact that an election is coming up every 90 days.
- Gerhard Schroeder

It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace
only by preparing for war.
- John F. Kennedy

Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful
theory was killed by an ugly fact.
- Thomas Huxley

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability
of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
- Henry David Thoreau

A simple fact that is hard to learn is that the time
to save money is when you have some.
- Joe Moore

You know they say the most dangerous person of the
world is a member of the United States Congress just
home from a three-day fact-finding trip.
- Johnny Isakson

Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth
can ever turn it into a fact.
- Honore de Balzac

I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded.
In fact, if anything, I am the prod.
- Winston Churchill

He spends his life explaining from his pulpit that
the glory of Christianity consists in the fact that
though it is not true it has been found necessary to invent it.
- Hector Hugh Munro

If I had one quality that really ruined me and at the same time helped me,
it was the fact that I never stopped looking,
and by that time I was really working at it.
- Gil Kane

I'm just gonna be doing stuff that I really enjoy doing.
I'm not gonna attempt to be current in any way other
than the fact that people will like what I'm doing currently.
- Pat Travers

What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man,
in fact) craves most is praise although the philosophers
generally call it recognition!
- William James

Adultery - which is the only grounds for divorce in New York -
is not grounds for divorce in California.
As a matter of fact, adultery in Southern California is grounds for marriage.
- Allan Sherman

I take great pride in the fact that I have lived in
a Spanish-speaking country.
- Christopher Dodd

Sit down before fact as a little child,
be prepared to give up every conceived notion,
follow humbly wherever and whatever abysses nature leads,
or you will learn nothing.
- Thomas Huxley


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