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When a load of bricks, dumped on a corner lot, can arrange themselves into a house; when a handful of springs and screws and wheels, emptied on a desk, can gather themselves into a watch, then and not until then will it seem sensible, to some of us at least, to believe that all these thousands or millions of worlds could have been created, balanced and set to revolving in their separate orbits -- all without any directing intelligence at all.

Author: Bruce Barton (1886-1967)

Profession: American Author, Advertising Executive

In some sense man is a microcosm of the universe; therefore what man is, is a clue to the universe. We are enfolded in the universe.

Author: David Bohm (1917-1992)

Profession: American Mechanical Physicists and Philosopher

The crux is that the vast majority of the mass of the universe seems to be missing.

Author: William J. Broad


The universe is then one, infinite, immobile. It is not capable of comprehension and therefore is endless and limitless, and to that extent infinite and indeterminable, and consequently immobilizable..

Author: Giordano Bruno (1548-1600)

Profession: Italian Philosopher, Scientist

This is a war universe. War all the time. That is its nature. There may be other universes based on all sorts of other principles, but ours seems to be based on war and games.

Author: William S. Burroughs (1914-1997)

Profession: American Writer

I don't pretend to understand the Universe -- it's a great deal bigger than I am.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

Nothing is lost yet, nothing broken, and yet the cold blue word is spoken: say goodbye now to the Sun, the days of love and leaves are done.

Author: R.P.T. Coffin


I have never grown out of the infantile belief that the universe was made for me to suck.

Author: Aleister Crowley (1875-1947)

Profession: British Occultist

If there is nothing wrong with me, maybe there's something wrong with the universe.

Author: Dr. Beverly Crusher


If that's how it all started, then we might as well face the fact that what's left out there is a great deal of shrapnel and a whole bunch of cinders (one of which is, fortunately, still hot enough and close enough to be good for tanning).

Author: Barbara Ehrenreich (1941)

Profession: American Author, Columnist

They cannot scare me with their empty spaces between stars -- on stars where no human race is. I have it in me so much nearer home to scare myself with my own desert places.

Author: Robert Frost (1875-1963)

Profession: American Poet

My own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.

Author: John B. S. Haldane (1892-1964)

Profession: British Scientist, Author

Like buried treasures, the outposts of the universe have beckoned to the adventurous from immemorial times...

Author: George Ellery Hale


The universe seems to me infinitely strange and foreign. At such a moment I gaze upon it with a mixture of anguish and euphoria; separate from the universe, as though placed at a certain distance outside it; I look and I see pictures, creatures that move in a kind of timeless time and spaceless space, emitting sounds that are a kind of language I no longer understand or ever register.

Author: Eugene Ionesco (1912)

Profession: Romanian-born French Playwright

Whatever universe a professor believes in must at any rate be a universe that lends itself to lengthy discourse. A universe definable in two sentences is something for which the professorial intellect has no use. No faith in anything of that cheap kind!

Author: William James (1842-1910)

Profession: American Psychologist, Professor, Author