Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.
Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.
It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.
Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.
If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.
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.
The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous.
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.
For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.
About Carl Sagan:
Was an American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in astronomy and other natural sciences. His contributions were central to the discovery of the high surface temperatures of Venus. However, he is best known for his contributions to the scientific research of extraterrestrial life, including experimental demonstration of the production of amino acids from basic chemicals by radiation. Sagan assembled the first physical messages that were sent into space: the Pioneer plaque and the Voyager Golden Record, universal messages that could potentially be understood by any extraterrestrial intelligence that might find them.