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Carl Sagan Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Science

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Most of the fundamental ideas of science
are essentially simple,
and may, as a rule, be expressed
in a language comprehensible to everyone.
- Albert Einstein

One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions.
- Grace Hopper

No problem can be solved from the same level
of consciousness that created it.
- Albert Einstein

To raise new questions, new possibilities,
to regard old problems from a new angle,
requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.
- Albert Einstein

Science gives man knowledge, which is power;
religion gives man wisdom, which is control.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons.
Science is used to raise money for the expeditions,
but you really climb for the hell of it.
- Edmund Hillary

Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.
- Adam Smith

The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.
- Edward Teller

Science has made us gods even before we are worthy of being men.
- Jean Rostand

There is one thing even more vital to science than intelligent methods;
and that is,
the sincere desire to find out the truth,
whatever it may be.
- Charles Pierce

No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right;
a single experiment can prove me wrong.
- Albert Einstein

Occurrences in this domain are beyond the reach of exact prediction
because of the variety of factors in operation,
not because of any lack of order in nature.
- Albert Einstein

Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.
- John Dewey

Science is wonderfully equipped to answer the question
"How?" but it gets terribly confused when you ask the question "Why?"
- Erwin Chargaff

Science merely quantifies and documents
the relationships among miracles.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The most exciting phrase to hear in science,
the one that heralds new discoveries,
is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'
- Isaac Asimov

The Science of Mind is intensely practical
because it teaches us how to use
the Mind Principle for definite purposes,
such as helping those who are sick, impoverished, or unhappy.
- Ernest Holmes

I confess that there is nothing to teach:
no religion, no science, no writings
which will lead your mind back to Spirit.
Today I speak this way, tomorrow that,
but always the Path is beyond words and beyond mind.
- Lao Tzu
(paraphrase)

On the ordinary view of each species
having been independently created,
we gain no scientific explanation.
- Charles Darwin

Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber,
if he has common sense on the ground floor.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Science is simply common sense at its best,
that is, rigidly accurate in observation,
and merciless to fallacy in logic.
- Thomas Huxley

The nineteenth century believed in science but the
twentieth century does not.
- Gertrude Stein

Anthropology was the science that gave her the platform from which she surveyed,
scolded and beamed at the world.
- Jane Howard

Anybody who has been seriously engaged is scientific
work of any kind realizes that over the entrance to
the gates of the temple of science are written the words:
'Ye must have faith.'
- Max Planck

There is a single light of science, and to brighten
it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.
- Isaac Asimov

Science and technology revolutionize our lives,
but memory, tradition and myth frame our response.
- Arthur M. Schlesinger

Nature never breaks her own laws.
- Leonardo da Vinci

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science
gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
- Isaac Asimov

The grand aim of all science is to cover
the greatest number of empirical facts
by logical deduction from
the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.
- Albert Einstein

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

In all science, error precedes the truth,
and it is better it should go first than last.
- Hugh Walpole

"Uncertainty" is NOT "I don't know."
It is "I can't know."
"I am uncertain" does not mean "I could be certain."
- Wener Karl Heisenberg

Pause to appreciate the beauty around you.
Whether rainbow or butterfly,
mountain or tree, painting or poem -
whether crafted by nature or by a human hand -
beauty adds a magical element to life
that surpasses logic and science.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man
looking through a keyhole,
the keyhole of nature, trying to know what's going on.
- Jacques Yves Cousteau

Touch a scientist and you touch a child.
- Ray Bradbury

It is a good morning exercise for a research scientist
to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast.
It keeps him young.
- Konrad Lorenz

People think of the inventor as a screwball,
but no one ever asks the inventor what he thinks of other people.
- Charles Kettering

Scientists worldwide agree that the reduction needed
to stabilize the climate is actually more like 80 percent.
- Donella Meadows

We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.
- Wernher von Braun

The scientific theory I like best is that the rings
of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.
- Mark Russell

Inanimate objects can be classified scientifically
into three major categories;
those that don't work,
those that break down and those that get lost.
- Russell Baker

Whenever anyone says, 'theoretically,'
they really mean,
'not really.'
- Dave Parnas

One man's "magic" is another man's engineering.
"Supernatural" is a null word.
- Robert A. Heinlein

It will free man from the remaining chains,
the chains of gravity which still tie him to this planet.
- Wernher von Braun

For NASA, space is still a high priority.
- Dan Quayle

When you take stuff from one writer it's plagiarism;
but when you take it from many writers,
it's research.
- Wilson Mizner


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