Carl Sagan

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.

It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English -- up to fifty words used in correct context -- no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese.

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

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

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.

But 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.

If you want to bake an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the Universe.

If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent.

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?

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.

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.

Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.

I maintain there is much more wonder in science than in pseudoscience. And in addition, to whatever measure this term has any meaning, science has the additional virtue, and it is not an inconsiderable one, of being true.

One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.

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

In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.