7 Cosmic Quotes by Authors for National Space Day

Today we celebrate National Space Day. This unofficial holiday is dedicated to encouraging people to learn more about space, space exploration, and the STEM field. Here are seven quotes from different authors inspired by outer space for you to ponder over while participating in your intergalactic-themed activities.



1. “Not just beautiful, though—the stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they’re watching me.” ― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

2. “Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” – Arthur C. Clarke




3. “This whole earth which we inhabit is but a point in space. How far apart, think you, dwell the two most distant inhabitants of yonder star, the breadth of whose disk cannot be appreciated by our instruments?” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

4. “The stars, that nature hung in heaven, and filled their lamps with everlasting oil, give due light to the misled and lonely traveler.” – John Milton




5. “The daylight, the trailing glory of the sun, went streaming out of the sky, was drawn aside like some luminous curtain, and at last I looked into the blue gulf of immensity which the sunshine hides, and saw the floating hosts of the stars.” ― H.G. Wells, The Island of Doctor Moreau

6. “By being seldom seen, I could not stir
But, like a comet, I was wondered at.” – William Shakespeare
(Henry IV, Part 1, Act 3)



7. “I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.” – Sarah Williams, “The Old Astronomer to His Pupil”