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.
More Quotes from Carl Sagan: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.
Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.
For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.
Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.
The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.
All inquires carry with them some element of risk. There is no guarantee that the universe will conform to our predispositions.
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As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.
I had no blood relatives till I made some.