Archytas of Tarentum

If I am at the extremity of the heaven of the fixed stars, can I stretch outwards my hand or staff? It is absurd to suppose that I could not; and if I can, what is outside must be either body or space. We may then in the same way get to the outside of that again, and so on; and if there is always a new place to which the staff may be held out, this clearly involves extension without limit.

In H.A.L. Fisher and Others (eds) Essays in Honor of Gilbert Murray The Invention of Space (p. 233)

Bradley, John Hodgdon Jr

A sea whose shores no eyes have ever seen, whose depth no instrument can fathom, whose waters no scientist can analyze—such is the sea of space. Nothing can be as empty and cold as the gulf wherein our destinies are immersed. Star worlds, like fish in schools, drift through the void, star worlds as large as our sun and many times larger, in schools of hundreds of millions. Unlike a school of fish, whose direction may be changed by a whim of the leader, whose organization may be destroyed by the rush of an enemy, whose fate is in the hands of a shifty environment, the stars in their galaxy move with the majesty of perfect orderliness. From the smallest satellite slave of the smallest star to the largest super-galaxy of worlds in space, everything bows to the first law of nature. Chaos and caprice do not exist.

Parade of the Living Chapter I (p. 3)

Carlyle, Thomas

...has not a deeper meditation taught certain of every climate and age, that the WHERE and WHEN, so mysteriously inseparable from all our thoughts, are but superficial terrestrial adhesions to thought; that the Seer may discern them where they mount up out of the celestial

EVERYWHERE and FOREVER: have not all nations conceived their GOD as Omnipresent and Eternal; as existing in a universal HERE, an everlasting NOW? Think well, thou too wilt find that Space is but a mode of our human Sense, so likewise Time; there is no Space and no Time: We are—we know not what—light-sparkles floating in the aether of Deity!...

Sartor Resartus, On Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History

Sartor Resartus Book I, Chapter VIII (p. 40)

Deudney, Daniel

Space is only 80 miles from every person on earth—far closer than most people are to their own national capitals. . .

Space: The High Frontier in Perspective Introduction (p. 6)

Eddington, Sir Arthur Stanley is not a lot of points close together; it is a lot of distances interlocked.

The Mathematical Theory of Relativity Chapter I, section 1 (p. 10)

Empson, William

Space is like earth, rounded, a padded cell;

Plumb the stars depth, your lead bumps you behind...

Collected Poems The Worlds End

Gibran, Kahlil

Space is not space between the earth and the sun to one who looks down from the windows of the Milky Way.

Glenn, John Jr

In space one has the inescapable impression that here is a virgin area of the universe in which civilized man, for the first time, has the opportunity to learn and grow without the influence of ancient pressures. Like the mind of a child, it is yet untainted with acquired fears, hate, greed, or prejudice.

In Kevin W. Kelley The Home Planet With Plate 136

Hale, George Edward

Like buried treasures, the outposts of the universe have beckoned to the adventurous from immemorial times. Princes and potentates, political or industrial, equally with men of science, have felt the lure of the uncharted seas of space, and through their provision of instrumental means the sphere of exploration has rapidly widened...

Harper's Magazine Possibilities of Large Telescopes (p. 639)

April 1928

Joubert, Joseph

There is something divine about the ideas of space and eternity which is wanting in those of pure duration and simple extension.

Pensees and Letters of Joseph Joubert XII (p. 90)

Murray, Bruce

Space. a colorful thread intimately woven into the enormous tapestry of human existence and experience.

In Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Bruce Murray, Carl Sagan and Walter Sullivan

Mars and the Mind of Man Bruce Murray (p. 47)

Ockels, Wubbo

Space is so close: It took only eight minutes to get there and twenty to get back.

In Kevin W. Kelley The Home Planet With Plate 126

Reade, Winwood

And then, the earth being small, mankind will migrate into space, and will cross the airless Saharas which separate planet from planet and sun from sun. The earth will become a Holy Land which will be visited by pilgrims from all the quarters of the universe. Finally, men will master the forces of nature; they will become themselves architects of systems, manufacturers of worlds.

The Martyrdom of Man Chapter IV (p. 515)

Russell, Bertrand

How can a certain line, or a certain surface, form an impassable barrier to space, or have any mobility different in kind from that of all other lines or surfaces? The notion cannot, in philosophy, be permitted for a moment, since it destroys that most fundamental of all the axioms, the homogeneity of space.

An Essay on the Foundations of Geometry Chapter I, section 45 (p. 49)

Siegel, Eli

Space won't keep still, and it won't budge either: so give up trying.

Damned Welcome Aesthetic Realism Maxims Part 2, No. 396 (p. 153)

Smith, Logan Pearsall

So gazing up on hot summer nights at the London stars, I cool my thoughts with a vision of the giddy, infinite, meaningless waste of

Creation, the blazing Suns, the Planets and frozen Moons, all crashing blindly forever across the void of space.

Trivia Book II Mental Vice (p. 97)

Space is an imaginary body, as time is fictive movement.

When we say "in space" or "space is filled with..." we are positing a body.

The Collected Works of Paul Valéry Volume 14, Analects, CIX (p. 321)

vas Dias, Robert

The premise. that outer space is as much a territory of the mind as it is a physical concept.

Inside Outer Space: New Poems of the Space Age Introduction (p. xxxix)

von Braun, Wernher

...don't tell me that man doesn't belong out there. Man belongs wherever he wants to go—and he'll do plenty well when he gets there.


Reach for the Stars (p. 25) Volume 71,17 February 1958

Nowhere do mathematics, natural science, and philosophy permeate one another so intimately as in the problem of space.

Philosophy of Mathematics and Natural Science Chapter III (p. 67)

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