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After Proust, there are certain things that simply cannot be done again. He marks off for you the boundaries of your talent.


Francoise Sagan

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It is precisely our plasticity, our long childhood, that prevents a slavish adherence to genetically...
CARL SAGAN
It is very difficult to evolve by altering the deep fabric of life; any change there is likely to be...
CARL SAGAN
It is very difficult to evolve by altering the deep fabric of life; any change there is likely to be...
CARL SAGAN
Somewhere in the steaming jungles of the Carboniferous Period there emerged an organism that for the...
CARL SAGAN
It may be that there are kernels of truth in a few of these doctrines, but their widespread acceptan...
CARL SAGAN
If we like them, they're freedom fighters, she thought. If we don't like them, they're terrorists. I...
CARL SAGAN
When we look up at night and view the stars, everything we see is shinning because of distant nuclea...
CARL SAGAN
A dress makes no sense unless it inspires men to take it off of you.
F. SAGAN
We are made of stellar ash. Our origin and evolution have been tied to distant cosmic events. The ex...
CARL SAGAN
In the 1920s, there was a dinner at which the physicist CARL SAGAN When you make the finding yourself - even if you're the last person on Earth to see the light - you'...
CARL SAGAN
I can find in my undergraduate classes, bright students who do not know that the stars rise and set ...
CARL SAGAN
A central lesson of science is that to understand complex issues (or even simple ones), we must try ...
CARL SAGAN
Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.
CARL SAGAN
Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it, we go nowhere.
CARL SAGAN
The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition. . -Carl Sagan.
CARL SAGAN
Widespread intellectual and moral docility may be convenient for leaders in the short term, but it i...
CARL SAGAN
Money may not buy happiness, but I'd rather cry in a Jaguar than on a bus.
FRANçOISE SAGAN
Those afraid of the universe as it really is, those who pretend to nonexistent knowledge and envisio...
CARL SAGAN
It seems to me what is called for is an exquisite balance between two conflicting needs: the most sk...
CARL SAGAN
In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my positio...
CARL SAGAN
Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucke...
CARL SAGAN
The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous.
CARL SAGAN
It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfyi...
CARL SAGAN
For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.
CARL SAGAN
We've arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and te...
CARL SAGAN
I find many adults are put off when young children pose scientific questions. Why is the Moon round?...
CARL SAGAN
There are naive questions, tedious questions, ill-phrased questions, questions put after inadequate ...
CARL SAGAN
Avoidable human misery is more often caused not so much by stupidity as by ignorance, particularly o...
CARL SAGAN
I would suggest that science is, at least in my part, informed worship.
CARL SAGAN
The Hindu religion is the only one of the world’s great faiths dedicated to the idea that the Cosm...
CARL SAGAN
Think of how many religions attempt to validate themselves with prophecy. Think of how many people r...
CARL SAGAN
Humans — who enslave, castrate, experiment on, and fillet other animals — have had an understand...
CARL SAGAN
It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English - up to fift...
CARL SAGAN
Princeton is very strong at undergraduate education in every area, whether it's firsthand research w...
CARL SAGAN
Understanding is a kind of ecstasy
CARL SAGAN
You probably don't need more weapons than what's required to destroy every city on earth. Th...
CARL SAGAN
Human divisions would be child's play for any reasonably competent alien overlord to exploit - c...
NICK SAGAN
Even if the aliens are short, dour, and sexually obsessed—if they’re here, I want to know about ...
CARL SAGAN
Occasionally, I get a letter from someone who is in “contact” with extraterrestrials. I am invit...
CARL SAGAN
Let's see if I got this right," she would say to herself. "I've taken an inert gas that's in the air...
CARL SAGAN
Many religions have attempted to make statues of their gods very large, and the idea, I suppose, is ...
CARL SAGAN