Telescope (n): A device having a relation to the eye similar to that of a telephone to the ear, enabling distant objects to plague us with a multitude of needless details.
The Devil's Dictionary
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Emerson, Ralph Waldo
The sight of a planet through a telescope is worth all the course on astronomy...
Holmes, Oliver Wendell I love all sights of earth and skies, From flowers that grow to stars that shine; The comet and the penny show, All curious things above, below
But most I love the tube that spies The orbs celestial in their march; That shows the comet as it whisks Its tail across the planet's disk, Or wheels so close against the sun We tremble at the thought of risks Our little spinning ball may run.
With increasing distance our knowledge fades and fades rapidly. Eventually we reach the dim boundary, the utmost limits of our telescope. There we measure shadows, and we search among ghostly errors of measurement for landmarks that are scarcely more substantial. The search will continue. Not until the empirical resources are exhausted need we pass on to the dreamy realm of speculation.
The Realm of the Nebulae Chapter VIII (p. 202)
What now, dear reader, shall we make out of our telescope? Shall we make a Mercury's magic-wand to cross the liquid ether with, and like Lucian lead a colony to the uninhabited evening star, allured by the sweetness of the place? Or shall we make it a Cupid's arrow which, entering by our eyes, has pierced our inmost mind, and fired us with love of Venus?. ..O telescope, instrument of much knowledge, more precious than any scepter! Is not he who holds thee in his hand made king and lord of the works of God?
Dioptrice Preface (pp. 86, 103)
Astronomy has marched forward with the growth in size of its telescopes.
Scientific American Radio Stars (p. 21) Volume 188, Number 1, January 1953
The tube of Newton's first telescope. ..was made from the cover of an old book—a little glass at one end of the tube and a large brain at the other...
In Helen Wright Sweeper in the Sky Chapter 9 (p. 168)
The telescope in particular needs to be regarded as not just another gadget or material possession but a wonderful, magical gift to humankind—a window on creation, a time machine, a spaceship of the mind that enables us to roam the universe in a way that is surely the next best thing to being out there.
Sky and Telescope Focal Point (p. 244) March 1990
The relationship between the telescope and our understanding of the dimensions of the universe is in many ways the story of modernity. It's the story of how the development of one piece of technology has changed the way we see ourselves and of how the way we see ourselves has changed this piece of technology, each set of changes reinforcing the other over the course of centuries until, in time, we've been able to look back and say with some certainty that the pivotal division between the world we inhabit today and the world of our ancestors was the invention of this instrument.
Seeing and Believing: How the Telescope Opened our Eyes and Minds to the Heavens
Peltier, Leslie C.
Old telescopes never die, they are just laid away.
Starlight Nights Chapter 28 (p. 232)
Once it was the navigators crossing the oceans to find new continents and new creatures, the globe opening up before their eyes, and at the same time the unknown areas, white on the map, shrinking.
Now it is the astronomers' telescopes penetrating the void to find new worlds, voyages of discoveries made with giant metal eyes, seeing light we cannot see.
Our Universe: An Armchair Guide (p. x)
All night he watches roving worlds go by Through tempered glass, his window on the sky Feels in his own beat Of some far mightier heart, and hears The mystic concert of the spheres.
The Scientific Monthly Astronomer (p. 253) Volume 67, Number 4, October 1948
Toogood, Hector B.
The telescope, an instrument which, if held the right way up, enables us to examine the stars and constellations at close quarters. If held the wrong way up, however, the telescope is of little or no use.
The Outline of Everything Chapter VIII (p. 96)
All that which is marvelous, and which we anticipate with such thrill, already exists but we cannot see it because of the remote distances and the limited power of our telescopes...
In Adam Starchild (ed.) The Science Fiction of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky Dreams of the Earth and Sky (p. 154)
It is a fundamental human instinct to collect, whether berries and roots in the prehistoric past or knowledge of the universe today. For several decades, my favorite pastime has been to collect celestial objects in photographs. I will never forget the many thousands of hours I have spent with my instruments, working peacefully in my telescope shelter as I listened to good music and dreamed about the infinity of the universe.
Atlas of Deep Sky Splendors Preface
Cyclopean eye that sweeps the sky, Whose silvered iris gathers light From galaxies that unseen pierce
The silent blanket of the night.
The Sky Eye of Palomar (p. 8) January 1940
WHAT crowd is this? what have we here! we must not pass it by; A Telescope upon its frame, and pointed to the sky: Long is it as a barber's pole, or mast of little boat, Some little pleasure-skiff, that doth on Thames's waters float.
The Complete Poetical Works of Wordsworth
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