Carl Sagan on humans (from The Sagan Series) [x]
Many adults are put off when youngsters pose scientific questions. Children ask why the sun is yellow, or what a dream is, or how deep you can dig a hole, or when is the world’s birthday, or why we have toes. Too many teachers and parents answer with irritation or ridicule, or quickly move on to something else. Why adults should pretend to omniscience before a five-year-old, I can’t for the life of me understand. What’s wrong with admitting that you don’t know? Children soon recognize that somehow this kind of question annoys many adults. A few more experiences like this, and another child has been lost to science.
There are many better responses. If we have an idea of the answer, we could try to explain. If we don’t, we could go to the encyclopedia or the library. Or we might say to the child: “I don’t know the answer. Maybe no one knows. Maybe when you grow up, you’ll be the first to find out.””
— Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as the Candle in The Dark (via imagineatoms)
First Illustrated Quote Chart from I Love Chart-ist Reader Submission!
“After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world.” – Oscar Wilde
Thanks to likethatofarainbow for the quote! Oscar Wilde was definitely a character, and if anyone were to be given the opportunity to hang out with him (in the afterlife… obviously) I’m sure they would appreciate this guide to rely upon.
— The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf on Eric Holder’s letter to Congress, in which Holder acknowledged that the Obama administrated has killed four US citizens via drone stroke—only one of whom was actually being targeted. source (via shortformblog)
What do I do when I’m sick? I google “cat beards” on google images and here were some of the best.
THE SECOND ONE THOUGH…………
Second Illustrated Quote Chart from I Love Chart-ist Reader Submission:
“Murder is like potato chips: you can’t stop with just one.” — Stephen King
Thanks to ennuiandapathy for this one. I had never previously realised the overlap between murderers and Pringles enthusiasts. #learningnewthings
This is my final post of the day! Signing off as your local Chartist-in-Residence.
An immense thanks to Jason who runs this blog for the opportunity to take over for the day. More thanks to everyone who commented, reblogged, and liked the days charts. And an extra special thanks to all the quote-enthusiasts who submitted their favourites – there were so many good ones, I’ll likely be using a few for illustrated charts in the future!
Feel free to stop by mappleton.co whenever you feel the need for more quotation illustration in your life, I serve it up regularly.