Astronomy Quotes

The natural pattern of current astronomy is provided by the cryptic unity of nature itself (belief in which is the chief act of faith of the scientist).

Nigel Calder

Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy; but after a war it seems more like astrology.

Rebecca West

Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy: the mad daughter of a wise mother.

Voltaire

For astronomy is not only pleasant, but also very useful to be known: it cannot be denied that this art unfolds the admirable wisdom of God.

John Calvin

The body is a device to calculate the astronomy of the spirit.

Mevlana Rumi

Astronomy has revealed the great truth that the whole universe is bound together by one all-pervading influence.

William Leitch

Astronomy to the selfish becomes astrology.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.

Edsger W. Dijkstra

Let no one expect anything of certainty from astronomy, lest if anyone take as true that which has been constructed for another use, he go away...bigger fool than when he came to it.

Copernicus

The history of astronomy is a history of receding horizons.

Edwin Powell Hubble

Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy; the mad daughter of a wise mother.

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

It's like having astronomy without knowing where the stars are.

Edward O. Wilson

Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.

Plato

Scientific truth is too beautiful to be sacrificed for the sake of light entertainment or money. Astrology is an aesthetic affront. It cheapens astronomy, like using Beethoven for commercial jingles.

Richard Dawkins

Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy; but after a war it seems more like astrology

Rebecca West

Here I was into astronomy, and here into anthropology, and there I go into geology. It was much more fun to be able to research and write about whatever I wanted to.

Octavia Butler

Most people today still believe, perhaps unconsciously, in the heliocentric universe ... every newspaper in the land has a section on astrology, yet few have anything at all on astronomy.

Hannes Olof Gsta Alfvn

Gullivers Travels is to early modern philosophy what Aristophanes The Clouds was to early ancient philosophy. Swift objects to Enlightenment because it encourages a hypertrophic development of mathematics, physics and astronomy, thus returning to the pre-Socratic philosophy that Aristophanes had criticized for being unselfconscious or unable to understand man. But, unlike pre-Socratic philosophy, which had no interest in politics at all, this science wished to rule and could rule. The new science had indeed generated sufficient power to rule, but in order to do so had had to lose the human perspective. In other words, Swift denied that modern science had actually established a human or political science. All to the contrary, it had destroyed it.

Allan David Bloom

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