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The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein

A time will come when men will stretch out their eyes. They should see planets like our Earth.
- Christopher Wren

Lie on your back and look at the stars.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr. (from Life's Little Instruction Book)

The chess board is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature, the players on the other side is hidden from us.
- Thomas Henry Huxley

Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.
- Arthur C. Clarke

Finally we shall place the Sun himself at the center of the Universe. All this is suggested by the system of procession of events and the harmony of the whole Universe, if only we face the facts, as they say, "with eyes wide open."
Nicholas Copernicus

Maybe this world is another planet's Hell.
- Aldous Huxley

There does, in fact, appear to be a plan.
- Albert Einstein

In my youth I regarded the universe as an open book, printed in the language of equations, whereas now it appears to me as a text written in invisible ink, of which in our rare moments of grace we are able to decipher a small segment.
Arthur Koestler

To command the professors of astronomy to confute their own observations is to enjoin an impossibility, for it is to command them to not see what they do see, and not to understand what they do understand, and to find what they do not discover.
- Galileo Galile

The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination, but the combination is locked up in the safe.
Peter de Vries

Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible player.
- Albert Einstein

In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.
- Galileo Galilei

If there is nothing wrong with me, maybe there's something wrong with the universe.
- Dr. Beverly Crusher, from Star Trek

When the Sun shrinks to a dull red dwarf, it will not be dying. It will just be starting to live and everything that has gone before will merely be a prelude to its real history.
Arthur C. Clarke

Space isn't remote at all. It's only an hour's drive away if your car could go straight upwards.
- Sir Fred Hoyle

The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired. 
- Stephen W. Hawking



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