The fact that some geniuses were 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.

Broca's Brain (1979)

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More from Carl Sagan

We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.

Cosmos (1980)

There are many hypotheses in science which are wrong. That’s perfectly all right; they’re the aperture to finding out what’s right.