Quotes by Carl Sagan

Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.

I am often amazed at how much more capability and enthusiasm for science there is among elementary school youngsters than among college students.

It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.

Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.

It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English -- up to fifty words used in correct context -- no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese.

In every country, we should be teaching our children the scientific method and the reasons for a Bill of Rights. With it comes a certain decency, humility and community spirit. In the demon-haunted world that we inhabit by virtue of being human, this may be all that stands between us and the enveloping darkness.

I maintain there is much more wonder in science than in pseudoscience. And in addition, to whatever measure this term has any meaning, science has the additional virtue, and it is not an inconsiderable one, of being true.

Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep insights can be winnowed from deep nonsense.

If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.