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" A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism. "
" But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown. "
" I am often amazed at how much more capability and enthusiasm for science there is among elementary school youngsters than among college students. "
" When you make the finding yourself - even if you're the last person on Earth to see the light - you'll never forget it. "
" We've arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology. "
" The professed function of the nuclear weapons on each side is to prevent the other side from using their nuclear weapons. If that's all it is, then we've gotta as: how many nuclear weapons do you need to do that? "
" We are the representatives of the cosmos; we are an example of what hydrogen atoms can do, given 15 billion years of cosmic evolution. "
" We're in very bad trouble if we don't understand the planet we're trying to save. "
" The boundary between space and the earth is purely arbitrary. And I'll probably always be interested in this planet - it's my favorite. "
" In our obscurity - in all this vastness - there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us. "
" The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous. "
" Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. "
" For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love. "
" We hunger to understand, so we invent myths about how we imagine the world is constructed - and they're, of course, based upon what we know, which is ourselves and other animals. So we make up stories about how the world was hatched from a cosmic egg or created after the mating of cosmic deities or by some fiat of a powerful being. "
" No other planet in the solar system is a suitable home for human beings; it's this world or nothing. That's a very powerful perception. "
" For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. "
" Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense. "
" The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition. "
" Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works. "
" Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere. "
" Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. "
" Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people. "
" If we long to believe that the stars rise and set for us, that we are the reason there is a Universe, does science do us a disservice in deflating our conceits? "
" Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge. "
" There is a wide, yawning black infinity. In every direction, the extension is endless; the sensation of depth is overwhelming. And the darkness is immortal. Where light exists, it is pure, blazing, fierce; but light exists almost nowhere, and the blackness itself is also pure and blazing and fierce. "
" Today, we're still loaded down - and, to some extent, embarrassed - by ancient myths, but we respect them as part of the same impulse that has led to the modern, scientific kind of myth. But we now have the opportunity to discover, for the first time, the way the universe is in fact constructed as opposed to how we would wish it to be constructed. "
" We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces. "
" 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. "
" We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology. "
" We start out a million years ago in a small community on some grassy plain; we hunt animals, have children, and develop a rich social, sexual, and intellectual life, but we know almost nothing about our surroundings. "
" The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. "