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date: 27 November 2021

Carl Sagan 1934–96
American scientist and writer 

  1. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
    Billions and Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium (1997)
  2. Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.
    Cosmos (1980) ch. 1
  3. Mars has become a kind of mythic arena onto which we have projected our Earthly hopes and fears.
    Cosmos (1980) ch. 5
  4. If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.
    Cosmos (1980) ch. 9
  5. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.
    of Earth as photographed by Voyager 1
    Pale Blue Dot (1995)
  6. The Universe is not obliged to conform to what we consider comfortable or plausible.
    Pale Blue Dot (1995)
  7. The visions we offer our children shape the future. It matters what those visions are. Often they become self-fulfilling prophecies. Dreams are maps.
    Pale Blue Dot (1995)
  8. How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, ‘This is better than we thought! The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant’?
    Pale Blue Dot (1995)