Posts Tagged ‘Carl Sagan’

Quote of the day, Jan. 8

January 9, 2018

Carl Sagan, on books

“A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called “leaves”) imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time ― proof that humans can work magic.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 23

August 23, 2017

Carl Sagan, on reading

“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.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 28

December 28, 2016

Carl Sagan, on reading

“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.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 9

November 9, 2015

Carl Sagan, on science and society

“We live in a society absolutely dependent on science and technology and yet have cleverly arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. That’s a clear prescription for disaster.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 26

January 26, 2014

Carl Sagan, on skepticism (1987)

“It seems to me what is called for is an exquisite balance between two conflicting needs: the most skeptical scrutiny of all hypotheses that are served up to us and at the same time a great openness to new ideas …  (more…)

Quote of the day, April 6

April 6, 2012

Carl Sagan, on history

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. (more…)

Quote of the day, Nov. 9

November 9, 2010

Carl Sagan, on knowledge

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