HarbingerDawn wrote:Since this could so easily turn into a Sagan quote fest, since he had an enormous number of wonderful and eloquent quotes, I think we should focus on finding quotes from people OTHER than Sagan. Not as fun or as easy, I know, but we really should have quotes from a diverse range of people.
The moon is the first milestone on the road to the stars. — Arthur C. Clarke
Our sun enlightens the planets that belong to him; why may not every fixed star also have planets to which they give light? — Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle, A week's conversation on the plurality of worlds, 1686. (English translation by William Gardiner, 1728.)
I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars. — Augustine "Og" Mandino, 'The Scroll Marked II,' The Greatest Secret in the World, 1972
Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case the idea is quite staggering. — Arthur C. Clarke
We know the number of stars in the universe is something like one followed by 23 zeros. Given that number, how arrogant to think ours is the only sun with a planet that supports life, and that it's the only solar system with intelligent life. — Edward J. Weiler, NASA Director, Washington Post newspaper, 20 July 2008
Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science. — Edwin Hubble, The Nature of Science, 1954
In my studies of astronomy and philosophy I hold this opinion about the universe, that the Sun remains fixed in the centre of the circle of heavenly bodies, without changing its place; and the Earth, turning upon itself, moves round the Sun. — Galileo Galilei, letter to Cristina di Lorena, Grandduchess of Tuscany, 1615.
There is in the universe neither center nor circumference. — Giordano Bruno, 'On the Infinite Universe and Worlds,' 1584
Now my own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer that we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose. — J. B. S. Haldane, Possible Worlds, 1927.
The universe is wider than our views of it. — Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854.
We should do astronomy because it is beautiful and because it is fun. We should do it because people want to know. We want to know our place in the universe and how things happen. — John N. Bahcall, Sky and Telescope magazine, January 1990
Astronomy is the science of the harmony of infinite expanse. — John Russell
I am a great fan of science, but I cannot do a quadratic equation.
Time travel used to be thought of as just science fiction, but Einstein's general theory of relativity allows for the possibility that we could warp space-time so much that you could go off in a rocket and return before you set out.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done.
Robert A. Heinlein
Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.
Astronomy's much more fun when you're not an astronomer.
Astrology is an aesthetic affront. It cheapens astronomy, like using Beethoven for commercial jingles.
Certainly the history of astronomy shows that every time we thought we were special, we were wrong.
The most remarkable discovery in all of astronomy is that the stars are made of atoms of the same kind as those on the earth.
Richard P. Feynman
I got into science fiction by being interested in astronomy first.
Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy; but after a war it seems more like astrology.
The thing I like about astronomy is being outside at night and seeing the stars in a dark sky. It makes you feel small.
From the moment of using rocket devices, a great new era will begin in astronomy: the epoch of the more intensive study of the firmament.
"Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome." -Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)
"Be nice to people on your way up because you meet them on your way down." -Jimmy Durante (1893 - 1980)
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)
"Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens." -Jimi Hendrix (1942 - 1970)
"Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance." -Will Durant (1885 - 1981)
"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal." -Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)
"While we are postponing, life speeds by." -Seneca (3BC – 65 AD)
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." -Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
"Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so." -Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)
"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity." -Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
"The mistakes are all waiting to be made." -Chessmaster Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower (1887 - 1956)
"Try not. Do, or do not. There is no 'try'." -Yoda
"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be." -Douglas Adams (1952 - 2001)
"Tell me, o Muse, of that ingenious hero who travelled far and wide..." -Homer's Odyssey (800 BC)
"Whatever trip we start, it is for the search of happiness. But happiness is here." -Quintus Flaccus (238 - 209)
"Nothing is constant but change." -Sakyamuni, founder of Buddhism (563 - 483)
"The only ones who fly are the ones who dare to fly." -Luis Sepulveda, Chilean writer (1949 - )
"Stars are holes in the sky from which the light of the infinite shines." -Confucius (551 - 479)
"While the other animals are prone and fix their gaze on the earth, the god gave man a face uplifted, bade him stand erect and turn his eyes to the stars." -Publius Ovidius Naso (Metamorphoses I. 84-6)
"The greatest thing / You'll ever learn / Is just to love and / Be loved in return" -Eden Ahbez (1908 - 1995)
"May god stand between you and harm, in all the dark places you must walk." -Ancient Egyptian proverb
"To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the highest skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting, is the highest skill." -Sun-Tsu (500 BC)
"There must be something worth living for / There must be something worth trying for / Even some things worth dying for / And if one man can stand tall / There must be some hope for us all / Somewhere, somewhere in the spirit of man" -"War of the Worlds" musical by Jeff Wayne
"Mother, I saw a dream in the night. There were stars in the sky for me." -The Epic of Gilgamesh (around 800 BC)
"The greatest gain from space travel consists in the extension of our knowledge. In a hundred years this newly won knowledge will pay huge and unexpected dividends." -Wernher von Braun (1912 - 1977)
"To go places and do things that have never been done before - that's what living is all about." -Michael Collins (1930 - )
"It's human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand. Exploration is not a choice, really; it's an imperative." -Michael Collins (1930 - )
"Don't tell me that man doesn't belong out there. Man belongs wherever he wants to go - and he'll do plenty well when he gets there." -Wernher von Braun (1912 - 1977)
"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967)
"Minds are like parachutes - they only function when open." -Thomas Dewar (1864 - 1930)
"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." -Les Brown (1912 - 2001)
"What is now proved was once only imagined." -William Blake (1757 - 1827)
"Even a fool knows you can't touch the stars, but it doesn't stop a wise man from trying." -Harry Anderson (1952 - )
"And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." -Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900)
"Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World." -Inscription on Columbus' caravels
"Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country." -Anais Nin (1903 - 1977)
"If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it." -William Arthur Ward (1921 - 1994)
"Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality." -Jules de Gautier (1811 - 1872)
"The journey is the reward." -Taoist saying
"It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end." -Ursula K. Le Guin (1929 - )
"The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper." -Eden Phillpotts (1862 - 1960)
"Your current safe boundaries were once unknown frontiers." -Unknown
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." -Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 - 1962)
"Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born." -Dale Turner
"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)
"Reality is that part of the imagination we all agree on." -Unknown
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science." -Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." -Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
"When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge." -Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
"As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality." -Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." -Arthur C. Clarke (1917 - 2008)
"Time is the fire in which we burn." -Delmore Schwartz (1913 - 1966)
"I don't know what you could say about a day in which you have seen four beautiful sunsets." -John Glenn (1921 - 2016)
"It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small." -Neil Armstrong (1930 - 2012)
"To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit." -Stephen Hawking (1942 - )
"Science-fiction yesterday, fact today, obsolete tomorrow." -Otto O. Binder (1911 - 1974)
"There shall be wings! If the accomplishment be not for me, 'tis for some other. The spirit cannot die; and man, who shall know all and shall have wings..." -Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519)
"Man's mind and spirit grow with the space in which they are allowed to operate." -Krafft A. Ehricke (1917 - 1984)
"The important thing is not to stop questioning." -Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
"You would make a ship sail against the winds and currents by lighting a bonfire under her deck... I have no time for such nonsense." -Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)
"The Earth is a cradle of the mind, but we cannot live forever in a cradle." -Konstantin E. Tsiolkovsky (1857 - 1935)
"Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case the idea is quite staggering." -Arthur C. Clarke (1917 - 2008)
"Space isn't remote at all. It's only an hour's drive away, if your car could go straight upwards." -Sir Fred Hoyle (1915 - 2001)
"Space is big. Really big." -Douglas Adams (1952 - 2001)
"I measured the skies / Now the shadows I measure / Skybound was the mind / Earthbound the body rests." -Johannes Kepler (1571 - 1630)
"Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought." -Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (1893 - 1986)
"Whether outwardly or inwardly, whether in space or time, the farther we penetrate the unknown, the vaster and more marvellous it becomes." -Charles A. Lindbergh (1902 - 1974)
We don't know what we don't know - Unknown
Hornblower wrote:Source of the post “You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a b***h.'”