“We are a way for the Cosmos to know itself.”

The most profound and impactful sentence I’ve ever heard. When I first watched Carl Sagan’s Cosmos as a kid I was captured straight away by his monologue in the introduction:

“The surface of the Earth is the shore of the Cosmic ocean. On this shore we’ve learned most of what we know. Recently we’ve waded a little way out, maybe ankle deep, and the water seems inviting. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return. And we can, because the Cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star stuff. We are a way for the Cosmos to know itself.”

Carl Sagan, Cosmos (1980). Episode 1.

No matter their elegance, words on a screen could never do justice to the poetic delivery of Carl Sagan, so here’s the man himself:

Cosmos (1980)