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75 Stirring Quotes about Space We Can Relate To

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By Dayna Remus
May 28, 2022
04:35 P.M.

The frontiers outside planet earth have been a source of fascination for centuries. Although humanity has made remarkable inroads into discovering what lies outside our planet, there is still so much more to discover. Our fascination with space can be a source of inspiration for our lives here on earth. Don't believe it? Soak in these quotes about space we can all relate to.

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When Neil Armstrong first stepped on the moon, it was an iconic moment that inspired millions of people's fascination with space and even traveling to other planets. But the space race began decades earlier, with many scientists toiling to pave the way for that historical moon landing.

Since then, hundreds of people have traveled to space and the possibility of people landing on Mars is closer than ever. The possibility of discovering life on other planets is a source of inquiry for scientists all over the world.

Even if you may not dream of traveling to space, the idea of the vastness of the universe is a source of wonder. We can learn a lot from the scientific efforts constantly made to extend humanity's frontiers beyond planet Earth. To inspire some wonder in you, here are 75 quotes about space you can relate to.

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Haruki Murakami’s quote: “Not just beautiful, though--the stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they're watching me.” | Image: AmoDays

POETIC QUOTES INSPIRED BY SPACE

“Across the sea of space, the stars are other suns.” — Carl Sagan

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“The history of astronomy is a history of receding horizons.” — Edwin Powell Hubble

“Love is the one thing that transcends time and space.” — Matthew McConaughey

"The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself." — Carl Sagan

“Stars, everywhere. So many stars that I could not for the life of me understand how the sky could contain them all yet be so black.” ― Peter Watts

David Bowie’s quote: "I’m floating in a most peculiar way, and the stars look very different today. For here am I sitting in a tin can, far above the world." | Image: AmoDays

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“When you look at the stars and the galaxy, you feel that you are not just from any particular piece of land, but from the solar system.” — Kalpana Chawla

“The moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to.” — Carl Sandburg

“I saw the world from the stars' point of view, and it looked unbearably lonely.” ― Shaun David Hutchinson

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

“That’s what it feels like when you touch me. Like millions of tiny universes being born and then dying in the space between your finger and my skin. Sometimes I forget.” ― Iain Thomas

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Carl Sagan’s quote: “Across the sea of space, the stars are other suns.” | Image: AmoDays

“I promise you that the same stuff galaxies are made of, you are. The same energy that swings planets around stars makes electrons dance in your heart. It is in you, outside you, you are it. It is beautiful. Trust in this. And your life will be grand.” ― Kamal Ravikant

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“You cannot look up at the night sky on the Planet Earth and not wonder what it's like to be up there amongst the stars. And I always look up at the moon and see it as the single most romantic place within the cosmos.” — Tom Hanks

“She had always loved the stars.” ― Sasha Alsberg

“There can be no center in infinity.” ― Lucretius

"Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy." — Albert Einstein

Kamal Ravikant’s quote: “I promise you that the same stuff galaxies are made of, you are.” | Image: AmoDays

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"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." — Carl Sagan

"Looking up into the night sky is looking into infinity — distance is incomprehensible and therefore meaningless." — Douglas Adams

"I’m floating in a most peculiar way, and the stars look very different today. For here am I sitting in a tin can, far above the world. Planet Earth is blue, and there’s nothing I can do." — David Bowie

PHILOSOPHICAL AND SCIENTIFIC QUOTES INSPIRED BY SPACE

"Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up." — Stephen Hawking

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"In the context of general relativity, space almost is a substance. It can bend and twist and stretch, and probably the best way to think about space is to just kind of imagine a big piece of rubber that you can pull and twist and bend." — Alan Guth

Ron Garan’s quote: “We are limited only by our imagination and our will to act.” | Image: AmoDays

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"Cosmology does, I think, affect the way that we perceive humanity’s role in nature. One thing we’ve learned from astronomy is that the future lying ahead is more prolonged than the past. Even our sun is less than halfway through its life." — Neil deGrasse Tyson

"Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever the universe has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved?" — Carl Sagan

“We are finite, in that we are a product and source of the infinite.” — Ilyas Kassam

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“Space is an inspirational concept that allows you to dream big.” — Peter Diamandis

“The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.” Carl Sagan

Nikola Tesla’s quote: “Modern science says: 'The sun is the past, the earth is the present, the moon is the future.' From an incandescent mass, we have originated, and into a frozen mass, we shall turn.” | Image: AmoDays

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“You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a [expletive].'" — Edgar Mitchell

“There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.” — Marshall McLuhan

“Before we invented civilization our ancestors lived mainly in the open out under the sky. Before we devised artificial lights and atmospheric pollution and modern forms of nocturnal entertainment we watched the stars. There were practical calendar reasons of course but there was more to it than that. Even today the most jaded city dweller can be unexpectedly moved upon encountering a clear night sky studded with thousands of twinkling stars. When it happens to me after all these years it still takes my breath away.” ― Carl Sagan

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"Modern science says: 'The sun is the past, the earth is the present, the moon is the future.' From an incandescent mass, we have originated, and into a frozen mass, we shall turn. Merciless is the law of nature, and rapidly and irresistibly we are drawn to our doom.” — Nikola Tesla

“The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.” — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Peter Diamandis’ quote: “Space is an inspirational concept that allows you to dream big.” | Image: AmoDays

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“I think the universe is pure geometry - basically, a beautiful shape twisting around and dancing over space-time.” — Antony Garrett Lisi

“Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.” — Mae Jemison

“I know the sky is not the limit because there are footprints on the Moon — and I made some of them!” — Buzz Aldrin

“Earth is a small town with many neighborhoods in a very big universe.” — Ron Garan

"One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfection simply doesn’t exist…..Without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist." — Stephen Hawking

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Ilyas Kassam’s quote: “We are finite, in that we are a product and source of the infinite.” | Image: AmoDays

“We are limited only by our imagination and our will to act.” — Ron Garan

“There is a thing about Time and Space which the philosopher Einstein is going to find out. Some people call it Destiny.” — T.H. White

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“I looked and looked but I didn’t see God.” –– Yuri Gagarin

“Without space, there is no time.” — Dejan Stojanovic

"To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit." — Stephen Hawking

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s quote: “The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.” | Image: AmoDays

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QUOTES ABOUT GOING TO SPACE

"I believe that space travel will one day become as common as airline travel is today." — Buzz Aldrin

“I think we’re going to the moon because it’s in the nature of the human being to face challenges. It’s by the nature of his deep inner soul. We’re required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream.” — Neil Armstrong

"We cannot predict the new forces, powers, and discoveries that will be disclosed to us when we reach the other planets and set up new laboratories in space. They are as much beyond our vision today as fire or electricity would be beyond the imagination of a fish." — Arthur C. Clarke

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"The function of science fiction is not always to predict the future, but sometimes to prevent it." — Frank Herbert

”When I first looked back at the Earth, standing on the moon, I cried.” — Alan Shepard

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky’s quote: “The Earth is the cradle of humanity, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever.” | Image: AmoDays

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“What everyone in the astronaut corps shares in common is not gender or ethnic background, but motivation, perseverance, and desire — the desire to participate in a voyage of discovery.” — Ellen Ochoa

“And I suddenly realized the molecules of my body, and the molecules of the spacecraft, the molecules in the body of my partners, were prototyped and manufactured in some ancient generation of stars. And that was an overwhelming sense of oneness, of connectedness. It wasn’t ‘them and us,’ it was, 'that’s me, that’s all of it, it’s one thing.' And it was accompanied by ecstasy, a sense of … epiphany.” — Edgar Mitchell

“At this point, I thought 'We made it,' by which I meant 'We survived.' I also was acutely aware that my childhood dream of flying into space had just come true.” — Ron Garan

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“I find it curious that I never heard any astronaut say that he wanted to go to the moon so he would be able to look back and see the Earth. We all wanted to see what the moon looked like close up. Yet, for most of us, the most memorable sight was not of the moon, but of our beautiful blue and white home, moving majestically around the sun, all alone and infinite black space.” — Alan Bea

“The stars don't look bigger, but they do look brighter." — Sally Ride

Alan Bea’s quote: Yet, for most of us, the most memorable sight was not of the moon, but of our beautiful blue and white home, moving majestically around the sun, all alone and infinite black space.” | Image: AmoDays

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“Weightlessness was wonderful, and I was surprised at how natural it felt.” — Ron Garan

“The Earth reminded us of a Christmas tree ornament hanging in the blackness of space. As we got farther and farther away it diminished in size. Finally, it shrank to the size of a marble, the most beautiful marble you can imagine. That beautiful, warm, living object looked so fragile, so delicate, that if you touched it with a finger it would crumble and fall apart." — James Irwin

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“Suddenly, from behind the rim of the moon, in long, slow-motion moments of immense majesty, there emerges a sparkling blue and white jewel, a light, delicate sky-blue sphere laced with slowly swirling veils of white, rising gradually like a small pearl in a thick sea of black mystery. It takes more than a moment to fully realize this is Earth... home." — Edgar Mitchell

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“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.” — Neil Armstrong

"I don’t think the human race will survive the next 1,000 years unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet. But I’m an optimist. We will reach out to the stars." — Stephen Hawking

Buzz Aldrin’s quote: “I know the sky is not the limit because there are footprints on the Moon — and I made some of them!” | Image: AmoDays

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“Space has the ability to produce a triple bottom line, or ROIII: Return on Investment, Innovation, and Inspiration.” — Robert C. Jacobson

“I thought the attractions of being an astronaut were actually, not so much the moon, but flying in a completely new medium.” — Neil Armstrong

“When I first looked back at the Earth, standing on the Moon, I cried.” — Alan Shepherd

“Yet, for most of us, the most memorable sight was not of the moon but of our beautiful blue and white home, moving majestically around the sun, all alone in the infinite black space.” — Alan Bean

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“Again the pressure pushes me in the chair, shuts my eyes. I notice the dark red tongues of the flame outside the windows. I’m trying to memorize, fix all the feelings, the peculiarities of this descending, to tell those, who will be conquering space after me”. — Valentina Tereshkova

James Irwin’s quote: “The Earth reminded us of a Christmas tree ornament hanging in the blackness of space.” | Image: AmoDays

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“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.” — John F. Kennedy

“I would like to die on Mars. Just not on impact”. — Elon Musk

"Of course risk is part of spaceflight. We accept some of that to achieve greater goals in exploration and find out more about ourselves and the universe." — Lisa N

"Mars has been flown by, orbited, smacked into, radar examined, and rocketed onto, as well as bounced upon, rolled over, shoveled, drilled into, baked, and even blasted. Still to come: Mars being stepped on." — Buzz Aldrin

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“Once you’ve been in space, you appreciate how small and fragile the Earth is.” — Valentina Tereshkova

Wernher Von Braun’s quote: “I'm convinced that before the year 2000 is over, the first child will have been born on the moon.” | Image: AmoDays

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"To become an astronaut is not a question of being the best at something or things coming easily to you, but it’s being a person that can work with others and not give up. And, for me, that was part of it too." — Michael J. Massimino

“Anyone who has spent any time in space will love it for the rest of their lives.” — Valentina Tereshkova

“Mankind is drawn to the heavens for the same reason we were once drawn into unknown lands and across the open sea. We choose to explore space because doing so improves our lives and lifts our national spirit. So let us continue the journey.” — George W. Bush

“The Earth is the cradle of humanity, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever.” — Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

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“I'm convinced that before the year 2000 is over, the first child will have been born on the moon.” ― Wernher Von Braun

Elon Musk’s quote: “I would like to die on Mars. Just not on impact”. | Image: AmoDays

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"Of course risk is part of spaceflight. We accept some of that to achieve greater goals in exploration and find out more about ourselves and the universe." ― Lisa Nowak

"Space travel is life-enhancing, and anything that's life-enhancing is worth doing. It makes you want to live forever." ― Ray Bradbury

"Man is an artifact designed for space travel. He is not designed to remain in his present biologic state any more than a tadpole is designed to remain a tadpole." ― William Burroughs

"I don't know what you could say about a day in which you have seen four beautiful sunsets." ― John Glenn

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“Returning to Earth, that was the challenging part.” ― Buzz Aldrin

Ron Garan’s quote: “Weightlessness was wonderful, and I was surprised at how natural it felt.” | Image: AmoDays

Despite the centuries of inquiry into space, human beings are only at the beginning of their discovery of the universe. A whole new world of possibilities continues to open up for space discoveries and exploration now with new and better technology.

Human beings continue to push the boundaries of our knowledge, and we all await the day when travel into space is as easy as air travel.

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