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UNIVERSE
[ Also see Earth Science World ]

The four building blocks of the universe are fire, water, gravel and vinyl.
      - Dave Barry

Is it not a firmer foundation for tranquillity to believe that all things were created, and are ordered for the best, than that the whole universe is mere bungling and blundering; nothing effected for any purpose or design, but all ill-favorably cobbled and jumbled together by the unguided agitation and rude shuffles of matter.
      - Richard Bentley

We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.
      - Ray Bradbury

What blessedness it is to dwell amidst this transparent air, which the eye can pierce without limit, amidst these floods of pure, soft, cheering light, under this immeasureable arch of heaven, and in sight of these countless stars! An infinite universe is each moment opened to our view. And this universe is the sign and symbol of Infinite Power, Intelligence, Purity, Bliss, and Love.
      - William Ellery Channing

The celestial order and the beauty of the universe compel me to admit that there is some excellent and eternal Being, who deserves the respect and homage of men.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

A human being is part of a whole, called by us the "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest--a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few personsnearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
      - Albert Einstein

The universe does not jest with us, but is in earnest.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Space isn't remote at all. It's only an hour's drive away if your car could go straight upwards.
      - Fred Hoyle, in the London "Observer"

There is a coherent plan to the universe, though I don't know what it's a plan for.
      - attributed to Fred Hoyle

The universe begins to look more like a great thought than a great machine.
      - Sir James Jeans

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
      - John Muir

The Universe is centered on neither the Earth nor the Sun--it is centered on God.
      - Alfred Noyes

Consciousness . . . is the phenomenon whereby the universe's very existence is made known.
      - Roger Penrose, The Emperor's New Mind
         (ch. 10)

The universe is made of stories, not atoms.
      - Muriel Rukeyser

The universe may have a purpose, but nothing we know suggests that, if so, this purpose has any similarity to ours.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

The universe, as far as we can observe it, is a wonderful and immense engine.
      - George Santayana

The universe seems bankrupt as soon as we begin to discuss the character of individuals.
      - Henry David Thoreau

The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the
  universe is that it has never tried to contact us.
      - Bill Watterson,
        from "Calvin and Hobbes" comic strip

The whole theory of the universe is directed unerringly to one single individual.
      - Walt Whitman

Black holes are where God divided by zero.
      - Steven Wright


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