Contact Quotes.

1. "For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love."
- Carl Sagan, Contact

2. "The universe is a pretty big place. If it's just us, seems like an awful waste of space."
- Carl Sagan, Contact

3. "You're an interesting species. An interesting mix. You're capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you're not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we've found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other."
- Carl Sagan, Contact

4. "She had studied the universe all her life, but had overlooked its clearest message: For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love."
- Carl Sagan, Contact

5. "We all have a thirst for wonder. It's a deeply human quality. Science and religion are both bound up with it. What I'm saying is, you don't have to make stories up, you don't have to exaggerate. There's wonder and awe enough in the real world. Nature's a lot better at inventing wonders than we are."
- Carl Sagan, Contact

6. "Your religion assumes that people are children and need a boogeyman so they'll behave. You want people to believe in God so they'll obey the law. That's the only means that occurs to you: a strict secular police force, and the threat of punishment by an all-seeing God for whatever the police overlook. You sell human beings short."
- Carl Sagan, Contact

7. "It's hard to kill a creature once it lets you see its consciousness."
- Carl Sagan, Contact

8. "If God is omnipotent and omniscient, why didn't he start the universe out in the first place so it would come out the way he wants? Why's he constantly repairing and complaining? No, there's one thing the Bible makes clear: The biblical God is a sloppy manufacturer. He's not good at design, he's not good at execution. He'd be out of business, if there was any competition."
- Carl Sagan, Contact

9. "At the very moment that humans discovered the scale of the universe and found that their most unconstrained fancies were in fact dwarfed by the true dimensions of even the Milky Way Galaxy, they took steps that ensured that their descendants would be unable to see the stars at all. For a million years humans had grown up with a personal daily knowledge of the vault of heaven. In the last few thousand years they began building and emigrating to the cities. In the last few decades, a major fraction of the human population has abandoned a rustic way of life. As technology developed and the cities were polluted, the nights became starless. New generations grew to maturity wholly ignorant of the sky that had transfixed their ancestors and that had stimulated the modern age of science and technology. Without even noticing, just as astronomy entered a golden age most people cut themselves off from the sky, a cosmic isolationism that ended only with the dawn of space exploration."
- Carl Sagan, Contact

10. "Any faith that admires truth, that strives to know God, must be brave enough to accommodate the universe."
- Carl Sagan, Contact

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