Why I came here, I know not; where I shall go it is useless to inquire -- in the midst of myriads of the living and the dead worlds, stars, systems, infinity, why should I be anxious about an atom?
Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)
Profession: British Poet
The cosmos is about the smallest hole that a man can hide his head in.
Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
Profession: British Author
Nothing puzzles me more than time and space; and yet nothing troubles me less, as I never think about them.
Author: Charles Lamb (1775-1834)
Profession: British Essayist, Critic
To sum up: 1. The cosmos is a gigantic fly-wheel making 10, 000 revolutions a minute. 2. Man is a sick fly taking a dizzy ride on it. 3. Religion is the theory that the wheel was designed and set spinning to give him the ride.
Author: H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)
Profession: American Editor, Author, Critic, Humorist
How have I been able to live so long outside Nature without identifying myself with it? Everything lives, moves, everything corresponds; the magnetic rays, emanating either from myself or from others, cross the limitless chain of created things unimpeded; it is a transparent network that covers the world, and its slender threads communicate themselves by degrees to the planets and stars. Captive now upon earth, I commune with the chorus of the stars who share in my joys and sorrows.
Author: Gerard De Nerval (1808-1855)
Profession: French Novelist, Poet
Philosophy offers the rather cold consolation that perhaps we and our planet do not actually exist; religion presents the contradictory and scarcely more comforting thought that we exist but that we cannot hope to get anywhere until we cease to exist. Alcohol, in attempting to resolve the contradiction, produces vivid patterns of Truth which vanish like snow in the morning sun and cannot be recalled; the revelations of poetry are as wonderful as a comet in the skies -- and as mysterious. Love, which was once believed to contain the Answer, we now know to be nothing more than an inherited behavior pattern.
Author: James Thurber (1894-1961)
Profession: American Humorist, Illustrator