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To myself I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me. - Isaac Newton
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A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism. - Carl Sagan
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All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value. - Carl Sagan
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But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown. - Carl Sagan
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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
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For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love. - Carl Sagan
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I am often amazed at how much more capability and enthusiasm for science there is among elementary school youngsters than among college students. - Carl Sagan
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I can find in my undergraduate classes, bright students who do not know that the stars rise and set at night, or even that the Sun is a star. - Carl Sagan
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If we long to believe that the stars rise and set for us, that we are the reason there is a Universe, does science do us a disservice in deflating our conceits? - Carl Sagan
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If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe. - Carl Sagan
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Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere. - Carl Sagan
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It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. - Carl Sagan
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Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works. - Carl Sagan
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Personally, I would be delighted if there were a life after death, especially if it permitted me to continue to learn about this world and others, if it gave me a chance to discover how history turns out. - Carl Sagan
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Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge. - Carl Sagan
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Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense. - Carl Sagan
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Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. - Carl Sagan
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The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous. - Carl Sagan
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The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition. - Carl Sagan
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The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. - Carl Sagan
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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. - Carl Sagan
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We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology. - Carl Sagan
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We've arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology. - Carl Sagan
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When you make the finding yourself - even if you're the last person on Earth to see the light - you'll never forget it. - Carl Sagan
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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
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All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. - Galileo Galilei
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And yet it moves. - Galileo Galilei
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By denying scientific principles, one may maintain any paradox. - Galileo Galilei
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Facts which at first seem improbable will, even on scant explanation, drop the cloak which has hidden them and stand forth in naked and simple beauty. - Galileo Galilei
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I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. - Galileo Galilei
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I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him. - Galileo Galilei
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I think that in the discussion of natural problems we ought to begin not with the Scriptures, but with experiments, and demonstrations. - Galileo Galilei
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If I were again beginning my studies, I would follow the advice of Plato and start with mathematics. - Galileo Galilei
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In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual. - Galileo Galilei
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It is surely harmful to souls to make it a heresy to believe what is proved. - Galileo Galilei
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It vexes me when they would constrain science by the authority of the Scriptures, and yet do not consider themselves bound to answer reason and experiment. - Galileo Galilei
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Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so. - Galileo Galilei
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Nature is relentless and unchangeable, and it is indifferent as to whether its hidden reasons and actions are understandable to man or not. - Galileo Galilei
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The Bible shows the way to go to heaven, not the way the heavens go. - Galileo Galilei
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The Milky Way is nothing else but a mass of innumerable stars planted together in clusters. - Galileo Galilei
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The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do. - Galileo Galilei
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We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves. - Galileo Galilei
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We must say that there are as many squares as there are numbers. - Galileo Galilei
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Where the senses fail us, reason must step in. - Galileo Galilei
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A man may imagine things that are false, but he can only understand things that are true, for if the things be false, the apprehension of them is not understanding. - Isaac Newton
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Errors are not in the art but in the artificers. - Isaac Newton
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I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people. - Isaac Newton
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I was like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me. - Isaac Newton
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If I have done the public any service, it is due to my patient thought. - Isaac Newton
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If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants. - Isaac Newton
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