"There are also people who say it's God's curse on me that I should have it near my throat because that was the organ of blasphemy which I used for so many years. I've used many other organs to blaspheme as well if it comes to that."
"People cited violation of the First Amendment when a New Jersey schoolteacher asserted that evolution and the Big Bang are not scientific and that Noah's ark carried dinosaurs. This case is not about the need to separate church and state; it's about the need to separate ignorant, scientifically illiterate people from the ranks of teachers."
"Atheists I know who proudly wear the badge are active atheists. They're like in-your-face atheist. They want to change policies and they're having debates. I don't have the time, the interest, or the energy to do any of that. I'm a scientist. I'm an educator. My goal is to get people thinking straight in the first place. To get you to be curious about the natural world. That's what I'm about."
"I'm tired of sayin this but I'll have to say it again. The NASA budget is four tenths of one penny on a tax dollar. If I held up the tax dollar and I cut horizontally into it, four tenths of one percent of it's width, it doesn't even get you into the ink. So I will not except a statement that says 'We can't afford it'!"
"Well then, remember to take those little vacations into yourself. Whatever you do, don't be troubled or anxious, but be free, and look at things like a man, a human being, a citizen, a part of the creation that must die. Chief among the thoughts close at hand, keep these two: first, that nothing outside the mind can disturb it - trouble comes from the mind's opinion of what lies outside it; and second, that everything you now see will change in a moment and soon be no more. Can you even begin to count the changes you have already witnessed?
This world is change; this life, opinion."
"Or are you tormented by what others may think of you? Look then on how soon everything is forgotten, and gaze into the abyss of infinite time. Hear the hollowness of the applause, and ponder the fickleness of those who are applauding you while you consider the narrowness of the stage on which you pant after their plaudits. The entire earth is but a piece of dust blowing through the firmament, and the inhabited part of the earth a small fraction thereof. So, in such a grand space, how many do you think will think of you, and what will their thoughts be worth?"
"Everyone dreams of the perfect vacation - in the country, by the sea, or in the mountains. You too long to get away and find that idyllic spot, yet how foolish... when at any time you are capable of finding that perfect vacation in yourself.
Nowhere is there a more idyllic spot, a vacation home more private and peaceful, that in one's own mind, especially when it is furnished in such a way that the merest inward glance induces ease.
Take this vacation as often as you like, and so charge your spirit. But do not prolong these meditative moments beyond what is necessary to send you back to your life free of anxiety and full of vigor and good cheer.
What makes you anxious anyway? The wrongs of others? Well, consider the following: reasonable men and women are made for one another; patience is a part of justice; and no one willingly does wrong."