"The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest."
- Kurt Vonnegut
"The ground we walk on, the plants and creatures, the clouds
above constantly dissolving into new formations - each gift of nature
possesses its own radiant energy, bound together by cosmic harmony."
- Ruth Bernhard
"If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to
man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees
all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern."
- William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
"We are all lying in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the
- Oscar Wilde
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend.
Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
"After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally
opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with color,
bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes
again. Isn't it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our
brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe
and how we have come to wake up in it?"
- Richard Dawkins
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."
- Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches
The is from Hubble, showing a distant cluster of (mostly red) galaxies acting as a gravitational lens, producing the optical illusion of 4 (blue) images of the same background quasar.