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Arthur ClarkeTwo possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

Charles BaudelaireIf the word doesn't exist, invent it; but first be sure it doesn't exist.

—  Charles Baudelaire, 1821-1867, French poet

Timothy LearyThe universe is an intelligence test.

—  Timothy Leary, 1920-1996, American psychologist

Wallace StevensIt is not everyday that the world arranges itself into a poem.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet

George CarlinIf it’s true that our species is alone in the universe, then I’d have to say that the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little.

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian

AnonymousOnce you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.

—  Anonymous

     (attributed to various authors but the origin of this saying is unknown)

Carl SaganIf we are alone in the Universe, it sure seems like an awful waste of space.

—  Carl Sagan, 1934-1996, American astronomer

Arthur SchopenhauerThe world is my idea.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Albert EinsteinGod doesn't play dice with the world.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Albert EinsteinThe most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

William ShakespeareAll the world 's a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ As You Like It

George Bernard ShawIf there was nothing wrong in the world, there wouldn't be anything for us to do.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Karl MarxThe philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.

—  Karl Marx, 1818-1883, German philosopher

Arthur SchopenhauerFor where did Dante get the material for his Hell, if not from this actual world of ours?

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

William ShakespeareWhy, then the world 's mine oyster.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ Merry Wives of Windsor

Oscar WildeThe world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Oscar WildeThe world was my oyster but I used the wrong fork.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

George OrwellLooking at the world as a whole, the drift for many decades has been not towards anarchy but towards the reimposition of slavery.

—  George Orwell, 1903-1950, British writer

Eugene IonescoYou know, the Cathars believed that the world was not created by God but by a demon who had stolen a few technological secrets from Him and made this world — which is why it doesn’t work.

—  Eugene Ionesco, 1912-1994, French-Romanian playwright

Kurt VonnegutThe universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest.

—  Kurt Vonnegut, 1922-2007, American writer

Samuel JohnsonThe world is not yet exhaused; let me see something tomorrow which I never saw before.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

William BlakeDo what you will, this world's a fiction and is made up of contradiction.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

Antonio PorchiaNight is a world lit by itself.

—  Antonio Porchia, 1885-1968, Italian-Argentinian poet

VoltaireIf this is the best of possible worlds, what then are the others?

—  Voltaire, 1694-1778, French philosopher & writer

Stanislaw Jerzy LecThe window to the world can be covered by a newspaper.

—  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1906-1966, Polish author of maxims

Ernest HemingwayThe world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are strong at the broken places.

—  Ernest Hemingway, 1899-1961, American writer, Nobel 1954

Jean-Luc GodardThe world isn't a sad place, it's just big.

—  Jean-Luc Godard, 1930-, French film director

George SantayanaA man's feet must be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.

—  George Santayana, 1863-1952, Spanish-American philosopher

Karl KrausThe closer the look one takes at a word, the greater the distance from which it looks back.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Karl KrausThe world is a prison in which solitary confinement is preferable.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Carl SaganThe universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent to the concerns of such puny creatures as we are.

—  Carl Sagan, 1934-1996, American astronomer

Arthur ClarkeI'm sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It's just been too intelligent to come here.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

Arthur ClarkeI sometimes think that the universe is a machine designed for the perpetual astonishment of astronomers.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

Arthur ClarkeWhen you finally understand the universe, it will not only be stranger than you imagine, it will be stranger than you can imagine.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

Latin Quotes

Old TestamentLet there be light.

Fiat Lux.

—  Old Testament ‐ Genesis 1:3

     (from the Latin Vulgate Bible)


Quotes in Verse

T. S. EliotThis is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

Robert FrostSome say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

Robert FrostThe world has room to make a bear feel free;
The universe seems cramped to you and me.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

Funny Quotes

AnonymousThe astronomers must have been very clever to have found out the names of all the stars.

—  Anonymous

     (from the book “The Physics Teacher”, Volume 8, 1970)

AnonymousIt's a small world, but I wouldn't want to paint it.

—  Anonymous

Woody AllenCan we actually know the universe? My God, it's hard enough finding your way around in Chinatown.

—  Woody Allen, 1935-, American actor & film director

Ancient Greek

HeraclitusThis world, which is the same for all, has not been made by any god or man, but it always has been, is, and will be an ever-living fire.

Κόσμον τονδε, τον αυτόν απάντων, ούτε τις θεών ούτε ανθρώπων εποίησεν, αλλ' ην αεί και έστιν και έστε πύρ αείζωον.

—  Heraclitus, 544-484 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher


Special Quotes

Nicolaus Copernicus of Toruń, who moved the Earth, held the Sun and the heavens.

—  Inscription on the monument of Copernicus in his hometown Toruń, Poland


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