"When I first looked back at the Earth, standing on the Moon, I cried."
Alan Shepard, describing his time on the lunar surface during the Apollo 14 mission in 1971 (via shychemist)
"In the way that skepticism is sometimes applied to issues of public concern, there is a tendency to belittle, to condescend, to ignore the fact that, deluded or not, supporters of superstition and pseudoscience are human beings with feelings, who, like the skeptics, are trying to figure out how the world works and what our role in it might be. Their motives are in many cases consonant with science. If their culture has not given them all the tools they need to pursue this great quest, let us temper our criticism with kindness. None of us comes fully equipped."
Carl Sagan (The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark / Ch. 17 pg. 298)