God is infinite, so His universe must be too. Thus is the excellence of God magnified and the greatness of His kingdom made manifest; He is glorified not in one, but in countless suns; not in a single earth, a single world, but in a thousand thousand, I say in an infinity of worlds.
On the Infinite Universe and Worlds
The whole visible world is only an imperceptible atom in the ample bosom of nature. No idea approaches it. We may enlarge our conceptions beyond all imaginable space; we only produce atoms in comparison with the reality of things.
Pensées Aphorism 72
We have not...Eyes piercing enough to penetrate so far as the Surface of the World; we don't see the external Figure of it: But if we judge it by the common Persuasion, and by what is offered to our Senses, when the Weather is serene, and the Heavens sparkles with Stars, the World is round: It is a Sphere.
Philosophical Conversations Volume I Conversation XIII (p. 158)
Till you have discovered to me the Mysteries of the Loadstone, I shall be no more at Quiet than a Loadstone itself, which is not in its natural Situation, and which is seeking out the Poles of the Earth.
Philosophical Conversations Volume I Conversation XV (p. 196)
Shelley, Percy Bysshe
Worlds on worlds are rolling ever From creation to decay Like the bubbles on a river Sparkling, bursting, borne away.
The Complete Poetical Works of Shelley Worlds on Worlds
Come, my friends,
'Tis not too late to seek a newer world. To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths Of all the western stars.
The Complete Poetical Works of Tennyson
...worlds unthought of till the searching mind Of Science laid them open to mankind.
The Complete Poetical Works of Wordsworth
To the Moon Rydal, L. 40
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