On His Birthday, Here Are 20 Quotes By Carl Sagan That Will Enhance Your Cosmic Perspective - Science And Nature

Nov 9, 2020

On His Birthday, Here Are 20 Quotes By Carl Sagan That Will Enhance Your Cosmic Perspective


“We are made of starstuff” – you must have heard this before. It is one of the most famous quotes by Carl Sagan – the face of the original “Cosmos”. It won’t be wrong if I say that “No one has ever explained space, in all its perplexing glory, as well as Sagan, did”. Sagan was an eminent scientist, a famous celebrity, and an irreplaceable popularizer of science.

On His Birthday, Here Are 20 Quotes By Carl Sagan That Will Enhance Your Cosmic Perspective. 3
Carl Sagan
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Born on November 9, 1934, in Brooklyn, US, Carl Sagan is quite a popular and influential figure in various scientific, political and religious circles. Sagan’s scientific curiosity led him to earn four degrees in physics, astronomy, and astrophysics from the University of Chicago. Sagan assembled the very first physical messages sent into space: the Pioneer plaque and the Voyager Golden Record. These were the universal messages that could potentially be understood by any extraterrestrial intelligence that might find them.

Being an advisor to NASA, he not only managed and designed some of the significant space missions, but also played a major role in laying the groundwork for two new scientific disciplines: planetary science and exobiology( the study of potential life on other planets)

Sagan’s television series “Cosmos” became one of the most-watched shows in public television history. Carl Sagan was among the first to determine that life could have existed on Mars. He also argued that the high surface temperatures of Venus can be attributed to and calculated using the greenhouse effect, which has now become a widely accepted hypothesis.

But, apart from all these achievements, Carl Sagan is often described as a scientist who made the universe clearer to the ordinary person. His words had the power to move masses. So today, here we present to you his top 20 quotes, that represent his brilliance and his take at the universe.

Top 20 Quotes by Carl Sagan:

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

We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.

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 Quotes
Quotes by Carl Sagan

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.

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.

I don’t want to believe. I want to know.

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