Pale Blue Dot Quotes by Carl Sagan, Bill Nye and many others.
Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever the universe has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved?
.. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the ‘Momentary’ masters of a ‘Fraction’ of a ‘Dot’
When you make the finding yourself – even if you’re the last person on Earth to see the light – you’ll never forget it.
For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.
Better by far to embrace the hard truth than a reassuring fable. If we crave some cosmic purpose, then let us find ourselves a worthy goal.
The cure for a fallacious argument is a better argument, not the suppression of ideas.
How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, вЂњThis is better than we thought! The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant?
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena.
It took the Church until 1832 to remove Galileo ‘s work from its list of books which Catholics were forbidden to read at the risk of dire punishment of their immortal souls.
It does no harm to the romance of the sunset to know a little bit about it.
Those afraid of the universe as it really is, those who pretend to nonexistent knowledge and envision a Cosmos centered on human beings will prefer the fleeting comforts of superstition.
A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or later such a religion will emerge.
There really is no such thing as race. We all came from Africa. We are all of the same stardust. We are all going to live and die on the same planet, a Pale Blue Dot in the vastness of space. We have to work together.
I would love to believe that when I die I will live again, that some thinking, feeling, remembering part of me will continue. But as much as I want to believe that, and despite the ancient and worldwide cultural traditions that assert an afterlife, I know of nothing to suggest that it is more than wishful thinking.
The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses.
Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.
Human history can be viewed as a slowly dawning awareness that we are members of a larger group.