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.
Plato (BC 427-BC 347) Greek philosopher.
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 (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile.
When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with such applause in the lecture room, how soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick; Till rising and gliding out, I wandered off by myself, in the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time, looked up in perfect silence at the stars.
Walt Whitman (1819-1892) American poet.
These earthly godfathers of Heaven's lights, that give a name to every fixed star, have no more profit of their shining nights than those that walk and know not what they are.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.
Ah, to build, to build! That is the noblest art of all the arts. Painting and sculpture are but images, are merely shadows cast by outward things on stone or canvas, having in themselves no separate existence. Architecture, existing in itself, and not in seeming a something it is not, surpasses them as substance shadow.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) U.S. poet.
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German-Swiss-U.S. scientist.
When he who hears does not know what he who speaks means, and when he who speaks does not know what he himself means, that is philosophy.
Voltaire (1694-1778) French writer and historian.
Technology does not drive change -- it enables change.
Philosophy stands in the same relation to the study of the actual world as masturbation to sexual love.
Karl Marx (1818-1883) German philosopher and political economist.
When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and you argue about what to do about it only after you have had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.
Julius Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967) American nuclear physicist.