Carl Sagan Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Carl Sagan quotes, Carl Sagan sayings, and Carl Sagan proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.'

The Milky Way Galaxy is one of billions, perhaps hundreds of billions of galaxies notable neither in mass nor in brightness nor in how its stars are configured and arrayed. Some modern deep sky photographs show more galaxies beyond the Milky Way than stars within the Milky Way. Every one of them is an island universe containing perhaps a hundred billion suns. Such an image is a profound sermon on humility. Carl Sagan
The first two letters of the name Pluto are the initials of Percival Lowell. Its symbol Is , a planetary monogram. But Lowell's llfelong love was the planet Mars. He was electrified by the announcement in 1877 by an Italian astronomer, Giovanni Schiaparelli, of canali on Mars. Carl Sagan
There is nothing inhuman about an intelligent machine; it is indeed an expression of those superb intellectual capabilities that only human beings, of all the creatures on our planet, now possess Carl Sagan
With insufficient data it is easy to go wrong. Carl Sagan
The trapdoor beneath our feet swings open. We find ourselves in bottomless free fall. We are lost in a great darkness, and there's no one to send out a search party. Given so harsh a reality, of course we're tempted to shut our eyes and pretend that we're safe and snug at home, that the fall is only a bad dream. Carl Sagan
We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.  Carl Sagan
Cleverly designed experiments are the key. Carl Sagan
In all our searching, the only thing we've found that makes the emptiness bearable is each other. Carl Sagan
The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship, so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world. Carl Sagan
Even these stars, which seem so numerous, are as sand, as dust or less than dust in the enormity of the space in which there is nothing. Carl Sagan
The total number of stars in the Universe is larger than all the grains of sand on all the beaches of the planet Earth. Carl Sagan
A galaxy is composed of gas and dust and stars billions upon billions of stars. Every star may be a sun to someone. Carl Sagan
The immense distances to the stars and the galaxies mean that we see everything ins pace int he past, some as they were before the Earth came to be. Telescopes are time machines. 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
The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff. Carl Sagan
We are all flawed and creatures of our times. Is it fair to judge us by the unknown standards of the future? Carl Sagan
By looking far out into space we are also looking far back into time, back toward the horizon of the universe, back toward the epoch of the Big Bang. Carl Sagan
The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition. Carl Sagan
It is tension between creativity and skepticism that has produced the stunning and unexpected findings of science. Carl Sagan
The chemistry of coal is still not fully understood, despite a long standing economic incentive Carl Sagan
On Titan the molecules that have been raining down like manna from heaven for the last 4 billion years might still be there largely unaltered deep-frozen awaiting the chemists from Earth. Carl Sagan
There is a lurking fear that some things are not “meant" to be known, that some inquiries are too dangerous for human beings to make. Carl Sagan
The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. Carl Sagan
We are the custodians of life's meaning. Carl Sagan
If you wish to make an apple pie from the scratch, you must first invent the universe Carl Sagan
Stars are phoenixes, rising from their own ashes. Carl Sagan
Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. Carl Sagan
Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works. Carl Sagan
One of the greatest gifts adults can give - to their offspring and to their society - is to read to children. Carl Sagan
The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both. Carl Sagan