Carl Sagan

Literary Birthday – 9 November – Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan was born 9 November 1934 and died 20 December 1996.


  1. Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
  2. One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1 000 years. To read is to voyage through time.
  3. If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.
  4. For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.
  5. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
  6. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.
  7. It pays to keep an open mind, but not so open your brains fall out.
  8. We can judge our progress by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers, our willingness to embrace what is true rather than what feels good.
  9. We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.

Carl Sagan was an American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, and author. He is best remembered as a science populariser and science communicator, who wrote, produced, and narrated the television series Cosmos. The book, Cosmos came out in 1980, and was on The New York Times bestseller list for 7 weeks. Sagan was author, co-author or editor of 20 books, including The Dragons of Eden, which won a Pulitzer, Pale Blue Dot, and The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, his hardest-hitting work on religion.

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credit NASA JPL, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 9th November 2018