8 astronomy quotes that are astonishing and profound

Amazed and full of wonder of what is out there, we’ve all gazed up at one time or another, open-jawed and eyes a-bright and just gone ‘wow!’ Even the great astronomers and thinkers down the ages have done so – but some have managed to utter a few quite profound words too that capture that sense of astonishment.

Enjoy sharing the thoughts of the 8 astronomers and thinkers below by clicking on any of the images to make them larger.

  1. Author of the ancient Greek epics, the Illiad and the Odyssey, the poetic words of Homer as he lays into astrologers:
    Homer

    Homer

    The stars never lie, but the astrologers lie about the stars. Homer

  2. And from the father of Roman poetry…
    Quintus Ennius

    Quintus Ennius

    No one regards what is before his feet; we all gaze at the stars. Quintus Ennius

  3. Comparing Mother Nature to that of humans…
    Isaac Newton

    Isaac Newton

    I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people. Isaac Newton

  4. 19th Century American transandentalist, Ralph Waldo Emerson!
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    When it is darkest, men see the stars. Ralph Waldo Emerson

  5. Some have seen further than anyone else before…
    Edwin P. Hubble

    Edwin P. Hubble

    The history of astronomy is a history of receding horizons. Edwin P. Hubble

  6. Humbled by a sense of perspective…
    Arthur C. Clarke

    Arthur C. Clarke

    Astronomy, as nothing else can do, teachers men humility. Arthur C. Clarke

  7. Some have stepped out beyond our place in space…
    Neil Armstrong

    Neil Armstrong

    It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small. Neil Armstrong

  8. There is still so much to discover…
    Carl Sagan

    Carl Sagan

    Across the sea of space, the stars are other suns. Carl Sagan

What are your favourite quotes from the world of astronomy? Share them below.

If you liked these you might like my post on 5 quotes from scientists that make you think.


About Derek Shirlaw

I'm passionate about science communication, social media, and my home country, Scotland. In particular, I have a real interest in astronomy, digital marketing, and the great outdoors.
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