Favourite Quotes


Polar Bears at the Toronto Zoo
Polar Bears at the Toronto Zoo

* We want to see if life is ubiquitous. – Dan Goldin

*I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat. – Rebbeca West

*Religious freedom doesn’t grant us the freedom to deny our fellow Americans their constitutional rights. – Barack Obama

*Religion, n. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance
the nature of the Unknowable.  — Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

*Ever since I’ve been part of the feminist movement people have been predicting its imminent death, as though women (feminists) had contracted some ferocious virus. – Doris Anderson

*Make it so. – Gene Roddenberry

*It is all a matter of time scale. – Carl Sagan

*The most remarkable people, to me, were those who apparently approved of everything I said but nonetheless wouldn’t dream of voting for the Liberal Party. It reminded me of Somalia: they wouldn’t vote outside their clan. — Ayaan Hirsi Ali

“We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers.” — Carl Sagan

*Other things being equal, it is better to be smart than to be stupid. — Carl Sagan

*The world has never yet seen a truly great and virtuous nation, because in the degradation of woman the very fountains of life are poisoned at their source. — Lucretia Mott (1793-1880) speaking at the first Women’s Rights Convention, 1848

*For you and I belong to a species with a remarkable ability: we can shape events in each other’s brains with exquisite precision. I am not referring to telepathy or mind control or the other obsessions of fringe science; even in the depictions of believers, these are blunt instruments compared to an ability that is uncontroversially present in every one of us. That ability is language. — Steven Pinker.

“Things I once thought were funny are scary now. I often feel like a resident of Pompeii who has been asked for some humorous comments on lava.” Tom Lehrer. People Mag, 1982

“You can move it about but it’s still there!” — Robert Annet

“If this capsule history of our progress teaches us anything, it is that man, in his quest for knowledge and progress, is determined and cannot be deterred. The exploration of space will go ahead, whether we join in it or not, and it is one of the great adventures of all time, and no nation which expects to be the leader of other nations can expect to stay behind in the race for space.” ~JFK

“The journey of a thousand miles starts from beneath your feet.” — Lao Tzu

“So long as we remember, the crew lives; so long as the crew lives, our future is secure for only when our heroes are forgotten and the light of their sacrifices goes out, will the new Dark Age fall.” — Thorpe on Apollo 1.

“There is a rumor going around that I have found God. I think this is unlikely because I have enough difficulty finding my keys, and there is empirical evidence that they exist.” –Terry Pratchett

“Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.” — Samuel Butler

“Lunar impact rate: On average, 33 metric tons (73,000 lbs) of meteoroids hit Earth every day, the vast majority of which harmlessly ablates (“burns up”) high in the atmosphere, never making it to the ground. The moon, however, has little or no atmosphere, so meteoroids have nothing to stop them from striking the surface. The slowest of these rocks travels at 20 km/sec (45,000 mph); the fastest travels at over 72 km/sec (160,000 mph). At such speeds even a small meteoroid has incredible energy — one with a mass of only 5 kg (10 lbs) can excavate a crater over 9 meters (30 ft) across, hurling 75 metric tons (165,000 lbs) of lunar soil and rock on ballistic trajectories above the lunar surface.”http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/news/lunar/program_overview.html#link4