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Ann Druyan, talking about her husband, Carl Sagan

“When my husband died, because he was so famous & known for not being a believer, many people would come up to me — it still sometimes happens — & ask me if Carl changed at the end & converted to a belief in an afterlife. They also frequently ask me if I think I will see him again. Carl faced his death with unflagging courage & never sought refuge in illusions. The tragedy was that we knew we would never see each other again. I don’t ever expect to be reunited with Carl. But, the great thing is that when we were together, for nearly twenty years, we lived with a vivid appreciation of how brief & precious life is. We never trivialized the meaning of death by pretending it was anything other than a final parting. Every single moment that we were alive & we were together was miraculous — not miraculous in the sense of inexplicable or supernatural. We knew we were beneficiaries of chance… That pure chance could be so generous & so kind… That we could find each other, as Carl wrote so beautifully in Cosmos, you know, in the vastness of space & the immensity of time… That we could be together for twenty years. That is something which sustains me & it’s much more meaningful…

The way he treated me & the way I treated him, the way we took care of each other & 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.“


— Ann Druyan, talking about her husband, Carl Sagan

11 Responses to Ann Druyan, talking about her husband, Carl Sagan

  1. The idea of using someones death to promote an agenda (and asking a widow such questions is nothing else than promoting an agenda) is just sick.

    I’m glad to see she could rise above it and answer in such a beautiful way.

  2. Welllll I have to say, Carl Sagan was a very prominent person, so I’m sure Ann, being the gracious person she is, had no problem with it. She loved and adored him, so I’m sure she’s happy to speak about him, as he was, and is, a great inspiration to many people.

    I adore Ann Druyan, she is an inspiration also, and a true equal to her husband.

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  4. Christopher says:

    Simply beautiful. Her words moved me. I had no idea that Ann Druyan shared such talents. Her writing and philosophy are still evidently shared with her husband. Look at this : I can tell that that they shared a great love. RIP Carl Sagan.

  5. gern says:

    I also miss Carl. What a great advocate for science.

  6. Tabitha says:

    Carl may be gone, but the amazing work he did, and the lives he touched will be around forever.  I miss him too. 🙁

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  8. caity says:

    Great post. Love the quote

  9. Liz says:

    Wow, thats a beautiful and strong commentary. Very beautiful.

  10. says:

    It is remarkable all that “pure chance is so generous and kind ” resembles the working of a God.

  11. francesco tammaro says:

    It is remarkable all that “pure chance is so generous and kind ” resembles the working of a God.


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