quotations about stars
Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven,
Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW, Evangeline
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.
SARAH WILLIAMS, Twilight Hours: A Legacy of Verse
Moon and stars, the draping light
Of the love-wreathed couch of night.
EDWIN LEIBFREED, "Diana"
One of the most poetic facts I know about the universe is that essentially every atom in your body was once inside a star that exploded. Moreover, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than did those in your right hand. We are all, literally, star children, and our bodies made of stardust.
LAWRENCE M. KRAUSS, A Universe from Nothing
The stars know everything,
So we try to read their minds.
As distant as they are,
We choose to whisper in their presence.
CHARLES SIMIC, "autumn sky", The Voice at 3:00 A.M.
I looked up at the mass of signs and stars in the night sky and laid myself open for the first time to the benign indifference of the world.
ALBERT CAMUS, The Stranger
There are stars, stars, scattered stars, blackness all between. They ripple and fold and bend, and they rush toward him, rush by him. Their colors are blazing and pure as angels' eyes.
ROGER ZELAZNY, Creatures of Light and Darkness
The humblest star twinkles most in the darkest night.
JOHANN KASPAR LAVATER, Aphorisms on Man
What are ye orbs?
The words of God? the Scriptures of the skies?
PHILIP JAMES BAILEY, Festus
PUMBAA: Hey, Timon, ever wonder what those sparkly dots are up there?
TIMON: Pumbaa, I don't wonder; I know.
PUMBAA: Oh. What are they?
TIMON: They're fireflies. Fireflies that, uh... got stuck up on that big bluish-black thing.
PUMBAA: Oh, gee. I always thought they were balls of gas burning billions of miles away.
TIMON: Pumbaa, with you, everything's gas.
LINDA WOOLVERTON, IRENE MECCHI & JONATHAN ROBERTS, The Lion King
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.
CARL SAGAN, Cosmos
There is no easy way from the earth to the stars.
LUCIUS ANNAEUS SENECA, Hercules Furens
If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON, Nature and Selected Essays
Many a night I saw the Pleiads, rising thro' the mellow shade,
Glitter like a swarm of fire-flies tangled in a silver braid.
ALFRED TENNYSON, Locksley Hall
Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.
J. R. R. TOLKIEN, The Lord of the Rings
A broad and ample road, whose dust is gold,
And pavement stars.
JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost
All we ever see of stars are their old photographs.
ALAN MOORE, Watchman
Stars, they make me wonder where you are
Stars, up on heaven's boulevard
And if I know you at all, I know you've gone too far
So I can't look at the stars.
GRACE POTTER AND THE NOCTURNALS, "Stars"
To our eyes the stars seem small; but the littleness is not the fault of the stars, but of our eyes.
AL-MAARRI, attributed, Day's Collacon
A philosopher once asked, "Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?" Pointless, really... "Do the stars gaze back?" Now, that's a question.
NEIL GAIMAN, Stardust