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The universe is one of God's thoughts.

Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805) German dramatist, poet and historian.

I don't pretend to understand the Universe -- it's a great deal bigger than I am.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist.

They cannot scare me with their empty spaces between stars -- on stars where no human race is. I have it in me so much nearer home to scare myself with my own desert places.

Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

Whatever universe a professor believes in must at any rate be a universe that lends itself to lengthy discourse. A universe definable in two sentences is something for which the professorial intellect has no use. No faith in anything of that cheap kind!

William James (1842-1910) American philosopher and psychologist.

The universe is asymmetric and I am persuaded that life, as it is known to us, is a direct result of the asymmetry of the universe or of its indirect consequences. The universe is asymmetric.

Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) French scientist.

The universe is wider than our views of it.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.

Anyone informed that the universe is expanding and contracting in pulsations of eighty billion years has a right to ask, ''What's in it for me?''

Peter de Vries (1910-1993) American editor and novelist.

The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination. But the combination is locked up in the safe.

Peter de Vries (1910-1993) American editor and novelist.

I heard what was said of the universe, heard it and heard it of several thousand years; it is middling well as far as it goes -- but is that all?

Walt Whitman (1819-1892) American poet.