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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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Even if there is only one possible unified theory, it is just a set of rules and equations. What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe? - Stephen Hawking
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God not only plays dice, He also sometimes throws the dice where they cannot be seen. - Stephen Hawking
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I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road. - Stephen Hawking
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I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image. - Stephen Hawking
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If we do discover a complete theory, it should be in time understandable in broad principle by everyone. Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people be able to take part in the discussion of why we and the universe exist. - Stephen Hawking
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Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. - Stephen Hawking
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It is no good getting furious if you get stuck. What I do is keep thinking about the problem but work on something else. Sometimes it is years before I see the way forward. In the case of information loss and black holes, it was 29 years. - Stephen Hawking
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It is not clear that intelligence has any long-term survival value. - Stephen Hawking
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Most sets of values would give rise to universes that, although they might be very beautiful, would contain no one able to wonder at that beauty. - Stephen Hawking
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My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all. - Stephen Hawking
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Not only does God play dice, but... he sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen. - Stephen Hawking
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One cannot really argue with a mathematical theorem. - Stephen Hawking
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Someone told me that each equation I included in the book would halve the sales. - Stephen Hawking
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The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing? - Stephen Hawking
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The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired. - Stephen Hawking
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There are grounds for cautious optimism that we may now be near the end ofthe search for the ultimate laws of nature. - Stephen Hawking
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To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit. - Stephen Hawking
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We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special. - Stephen Hawking
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