-A poignant metaphor of “stewardship” has emerged. Especially recently -the idea that humans are the caretakers of the earth, put here for the purpose, accountable, now and into the indefinite future, to the landlord.
-The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.
-Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep insights can be winnowed from deep nonsense.
-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.
-Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
-For all our conceits about being the center of the universe, we live in a routine planet of a humdrum star stuck away in an obscure corner … on an unexceptional galaxy which is one of about 100 billion galaxies. … That is the fundamental fact of the universe we inhabit, and it is very good for us to understand that.
-The fact that some geniuses are 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.
-Where we have strong emotions, we’re liable to fool ourselves.
-If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.