Famous Quotes & Quotations About Astronomy:
To command the professors of astronomy to confute their own observations is to enjoin an impossibility, for it is to command them to not see what they do see, and not to understand what they do understand, and to find what they do not discover.
~ Galileo Galilei.
Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.
~ Arthur C. Clarke.
A time will come when men will stretch out their eyes. They should see planets like our Earth.
~ Christopher Wren.
And God made two great lights, great for their use To man, the greater to have rule by day, The less by night, altern.
~ John Milton.
As the twentieth century began, science equaled a materialistic worldview. As the twenty- first century began, the worldview of science, at least of physics and astronomy, may have traded place with that of religion. Consider Einstein's famous equation E = mc2. Nothing of matter dies but continues on in another form, elsewhere. The church divines and theologians for two thousand years have devised arguments and "proofs" of immortality but nothing equal to this.
~ Huston Smith.
Astronomy to the selfish becomes astrology.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.
At night astronomers agree.
~ Matthew Prior.
By means of microscopic observation and astronomical projection the lotus flower can become the foundation for an entire theory of the universe and an agent whereby we may perceive Truth.
~ Yukio Mishima.
Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.
~ Edsger W. Dijkstra.
Finally we shall place the Sun himself at the center of the Universe. All this is suggested by the system of procession of events and the harmony of the whole Universe, if only we face the facts, as they say, "with eyes wide open."
~ Nicholas Copernicus.
Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible player.
~ Albert Einstein.
Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.
Astronomy is perhaps the science whose discoveries owe least to chance, in which human understanding appears in its whole magnitude, and through which man can best learn how small he is.
~ Georg C. Lichtenberg.
In my youth I regarded the universe as an open book, printed in the language of equations, whereas now it appears to me as a text written in invisible ink, of which in our rare moments of grace we are able to decipher a small segment.
~ Arthur Koestler.
It is clear to everyone that astronomy at all events compels the soul to look upwards, and draws it from the things of this world to the other.
Lie on your back and look at the stars.
~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
My lord, they say five moons were seen tonight. Four fixed, and the fifth did whirl about the other four in wondrous motion.
~ William Shakespeare.
O how loud It calls devotion! genuine growth of night! Devotion! daughter of Astronomy! As undevout Astronomer is mad.
~ Edward Young.
In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.
~ Galileo Galilei.
It does at first appear that an astronomer rapt in abstraction, while he gazes on a star, must feel more exquisite than a farmer who in conducting his team.
~ Isaac D'Israeli.
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