5XFriday Looking at the Stars

In honor of the final Friday of Space Month, this post features quotes about the stars by five different people.


  1. “Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.” from the poem “The Old Astronomer” by Sarah Williams

  2. “For my part I know nothing with any certainty but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” ~Vincent Van Gogh


3. One (of the many) from Shakespeare: “When he shall die, take him and cut him out in little stars, and he will make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with night and pay no worship to the garish day.” from Romeo and Juliet III. ii. 21

4. “A book, too, can be a star, ‘explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly,’ a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.” ~Madeleine L’Engle As an avid reader and writer, this is a must-remember.

5. “Those are the same stars, and that is the same moon, that look down upon your brothers and sisters, and which they see as they look up to them, though they are ever so far away from us, and each other.” ~Sojourner Truth

And there are more, so many more, by Oscar Wilde, J. M. Barrie, Wordsworth, Thoreau, Mary Oliver, Neil Gaiman…this is a fun game. And songs, so many songs about shooting stars, twinkling stars, and stars shining bright above you. Maybe the starry stuff of which we’re made keeps us meditating on the stars in poetry and song and metaphor?


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