Sunday, 27 March 2011

What Is A Line?: Constellations- Quotes and Sayings.

Researching secondary source quotes and sayings about stars- to potentially use in combination with image, or perhaps a constellation-like typeface I could create- an inspirational or memborable poster?
Some of my favourite sayings I gathered from various online sources...
“With every passing hour, our solar system comes forty-three thousand miles closer to globular cluster M13 in the constellation Hercules, and still there are some misfits who continue to insist that there is no such thing as progress.”
-Ray Floyd

“Things are as they are. Looking out into it the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.”
-Alan Watts

“His head is made of stars, but not yet arranged into constellations.”
-Elias Canetti
Be able to recognize many of the major constellations and know the stories behind them.
-Marilyn vos Savant

She would give them order. She would create constellations.
-Thomas Pynchon

The stars are suspended on strings that
are pulled up in the daytime and let down
at night.
-Babylonian Mythology, 3000 B.C.

Space is big
Space is Dark
It's hard to find
A place to park.
-Sidney Harris (American Scientist magazine, 1975)

When it is dark enough you can see the stars."
-Charles A. Beard

"Ye stars! Which are the poetry of heaven!"
-Lord Byron (1788-1824)

"You and I a flesh and blood, but we are also stardust."
-Helena Curtis, on the formation of the earth, Biology, 1968

"Today gives us a chance to love, to work, to play, and to look up at the stars."
-Henry Van Dyke

"The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible."
-Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

 The stars we are given. The constellations we make. That is to say, stars exist in the cosmos, but constellations are the imaginary lines we draw between them, the readings we give the sky, the stories we tell.  
- Rebecca Solnit 

"For what's the use of talking with a man who has a disease and thinks about the stars?"
-Bertolt Brecht

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