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Carl Sagan's 6 Most Romantic Quotes About Love

He was famous for researching the cosmos, but the scientist also said some wonderful things about love and relationships here on Earth.

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Photography by: Courtesy of NASA

Late American astronomer Carl Sagan would have turned 81 years old today. To honor his birthday, we're looking back at some of the most romantic things he's said about love, along with his relationship with wife Ann Druyan. (Plus, we included a quote courtesy of Druyan about her late husband—be sure to have the tissues handy!) Who knows? One of these quotes might inspire you enough to include it in your own wedding vows.

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."

"For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love."

"The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff."

"The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it, but the way those atoms are put together."

"Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious . . . In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another."

"In the vastness of space and the immensity of time, it is my joy to share a planet and an epoch with Annie."

After Sagan died in 1996, Ann Druyan was asked about her husband's skepticism about the possibility of an afterlife and whether or not she believed if she would see him again. Here's her answer:

"Every single moment that we were alive and we were together was miraculous. . . We knew we were beneficiaries of chance. . . That pure chance could be so generous and so kind. . . That we could find each other. . . That we could be together for 20 years. The way he treated me and the way I treated him, the way we took care of each other and our family, while he lived. That is so much more important than the idea I will see him someday. I don't think I'll ever see Carl again. But I saw him. We saw each other. We found each other in the cosmos, and that was wonderful."