Carl Sagan Quotes

Who on Earth is Carl Sagan?

Carl Edward Sagan was an American astronomer, author and popular scientist.

Born November 09, 1934
Died December 20, 1996

Books by Carl Sagan


Best 12 Quotes by Carl Sagan

“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.”

Carl Sagan

“Frederick Douglass taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom. There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom, but reading is still the path.”

Carl Sagan

“It pays to keep an open mind, but not so open your brains fall out.”

Carl Sagan

“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.”

Carl Sagan

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”

Carl Sagan

“Two billion years ago, our ancestors were microbes; a half-billion years ago,fish; a hundred million years ago, proto-humans puzzling
out the taming of fire. Our evolutionary lineage is marked by mastery of change. In our time, the pace is quickening.”

Carl Sagan

“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you.

Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.”

Carl Sagan

"Cosmos" Quotes

“Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors. The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.”

Carl Sagan
Cosmos

“Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.”

Carl Sagan
Cosmos

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

Carl Sagan
Cosmos

“The universe is a pretty big place. If it's just us, seems like an awful waste of space.”

Carl Sagan
Cosmos

“We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.”

Carl Sagan
Cosmos