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The only things in my life that compatibly exist with this grand universe are the creative works of the human spirit. (Ansel Adams)

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and is widely regarded as a bad move. (Douglas Adams)

When I investigate and when I discover that the forces of the heavens and the planets are within ourselves, then truly I seem to be living among the gods. (Leon Battista Alberti)

Can we actually "know" the universe? My God, it's hard enough finding your way around in Chinatown. (Woody Allen)

Though I have looked everywhere / I can find nothing lowly / in the universe. (A. R. Ammons)

Is it not careless to become too local when there are four hundred billion stars in our galaxy alone. (A. R. Ammons)

Without artists, the sublime idea men have of the universe would collapse with dizzying speed. (Guillaume Apollinaire)

How is it they live in such harmony the billions of stars - when most men can barely go a minute without declaring war in their minds about someone they know. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

The rehabilitation of order as a universal principle, however, suggested at the same time that orderliness by itself is not sufficient to account for the nature of organized systems in general or for those created by man in particular. (Rudolf Arnheim)

Today we no longer regard the universe as the cause of our own undeserved troubles but perhaps, on the contrary, as the last refuge from the mismanagement of our earthly affairs. (Rudolf Arnheim)

-October, 1997...
These other worlds may be in another solar system or they may be our world magically altered where human emotions, addictions and preoccupations have filtered through to our fellow earthlings or some other inhabitants of our universe. (Liz Arnold)

Any work that is not rooted in myth and poetry or that does not partake of the depth and essence of the universe is merely a ghost. (Hans Jean Arp)

I take a lot of inspiration from the nature of the universe and visualize my work as a direct or indirect reflection of life, inside and around us. (Jeet Aulakh)

The nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things that are and to make new things like them. For everything that exists is in a manner the seed of that which will be. (Marcus Aurelius)

This whole universe, with all its vastness, grandeur and beauty, is nothing but sheer imagination. In spite of so many discoveries, researches and scientific knowledge, the creation remains a great unsolved riddle. (Meher Baba)

Look out into the universe and contemplate the glory of God. Observe the stars, millions of them, twinkling in the night sky, all with a message of unity, part of the very nature of God. (Sathya Sai Baba)

Make the universe your companion, always bearing in mind the true nature of things - mountains and rivers, trees and grasses, and humanity - and enjoy the falling blossoms and the scattering leaves. (Matsuo Basho)

The whole of visible universe is only a storehouse of images and signs to which the imagination assigns a place and a relative value; it is a kind of nourishment that the imagination must digest and transform. (Charles Baudelaire)

Our universe is not a 'was' or a 'will be' system. It is an 'is' system vibrating within the 'now' measurement of time. (Dr. Michael Beckwith)

Vermeer's paintings have a capacity almost to paralyze with their texture and depth. It seems as if his brush strokes have passed through the very air of these rooms of three centuries past. Such light. Such color. Such a universe. However large it may be, the universe comes down finally to each of us, our dreams, anxieties, excitements. It is this familiar universe of individual lives, of moments frozen in time, that Vermeer captured and in so doing capture us. (Ralph Kinney Bennett)

You can parody and make fun of almost anything, but that does not turn the universe into a caricature. (Bernard Berenson)

The universe is a machine for the making of gods. (Henri Bergson)

For a moment of night we have a glimpse of ourselves and of our world islanded in a stream of stars - pilgrims of mortality, voyaging between horizons across the eternal seas of space and time. (Henry Beston)

Just as heart is a fountain of unspoken words, the universe is a womb of wonder weird worlds. (Toba Beta)

The Universe is worked and guided from within outwards. (Helena P. Blavatsky)

In some sense man is a microcosm of the universe; therefore what man is, is a clue to the universe. We are enfolded in the universe. (David Bohm)

-The Library of Babel, 1941 (trans. by James E. Irby)
The universe is composed of an indefinite and perhaps infinite number of hexagonal galleries. (Jorge Luis Borges)

Man seems merely dust postponed: the sublime as an encounter – pleasurable, intoxicating, even – with human weakness in the face of strength, age and size of the universe. (Alain de Botton)

The Life Force experimenting with forms. You for one. Me for another. The Universe has shouted itself alive. We are one of the shouts. (Ray Bradbury)

Sometimes I think I'm diagonally parked in a parallel universe. (Diana Britt)

In this unbelievable universe in which we live, there are no absolutes. Even parallel lines, reaching into infinity, meet somewhere yonder. (Pearl S. Buck)

In the magical universe there are no coincidences and there are no accidents. Nothing happens unless someone wills it to happen. (William S. Burroughs)

We will build new ships to carry man forward into the universe, to gain a new foothold on the moon and to prepare for new journeys to the worlds beyond our own. (George W. Bush)

You create your own universe as you go along. (Rhonda Byrne)

We undertake certain spiritual exercises to achieve alignment with the creative energy of the universe. (Julia Cameron)

-The Stranger, 1942
I laid my heart open to the benign indifference of the universe. To feel it so like myself, indeed, so brotherly, made me realize that I'd been happy, and that I was happy still. (Albert Camus)

If it's true that our species is alone in the universe, then I'd have to say the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little. (George Carlin)

I don't pretend to understand the Universe - it's a great deal bigger than I am. (Thomas Carlyle)

When you really think about your hand you begin to realize its connection, to sense the hum of your own being passing through it. When we look at a piece of the universe we should feel the same. (Emily Carr)

I really believe in the philosophy that you create your own universe. I'm just trying to create a good one for myself. (Jim Carrey)

The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction. (Rachel Carson)

Could we reshape our universe with the thought that we are the all of Us? Would breaking free of our conditioning lead to original thought, our own individuality, therefore creating a world of harmony? If we all sing the same tune we can't have harmony. (Schar Chappell)

The universe as we know it is a joint product of the observer and the observed. (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)

If I think the universe is triangular, and you think it is square, there cannot be room for two universes. We may argue politely, we may argue humanely, we may argue with great mutual benefit: but, obviously, we must argue. (G. K. Chesterton)

There are no extra pieces in the universe. Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill, and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle. (Deepak Chopra)

Our universe cannot even be stated symbolically. And this touches us all more directly than one might suppose. For example, artists, who have been very little influenced by social systems, have always responded instinctively to latent assumptions about the shape of the universe. The incomprehensibility of our new cosmos seems to me, ultimately, to be the reason for the chaos of modern art. (Sir Kenneth Clark)

Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the idea is quite staggering. (Arthur C. Clarke)

We are so small between the stars, so large against the sky. (Leonard Cohen)

Art has no cosmology, it gives us no view of the universe; every distinct work of art gives us a little cosmology of its own, and no ingenuity will combine all these into a single whole. (R. G. Collingwood)

There is a whole universe within. (Anne Copeland)

In an expanding universe, time is on the side of the outcast. Those who once inhabited the suburbs of human contempt find that without changing their address they eventually live in the metropolis. (Quentin Crisp)

I have a naive trust in the universe – that at some level it all makes sense, and we can get glimpses of that sense if we try. (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)

We can allow satellites, planets, suns, universe, nay whole systems of universes, to be governed by laws, but the smallest insect, we wish to be created at once by special act. (Charles Darwin)

The universe doesn't owe us condolence or consolation; it doesn't owe us a nice warm feeling inside. (Richard Dawkins)

The universe is not there to overwhelm us; it is our home, and our resource. (David Deutsch)

A scientist is only a human being, a particle in the whole universe. How can the observations and logic of a particle measure the life and size of a phenomenon that is limitless? (Avtarjeet Dhanjal)

The universe was not made in jest but in solemn incomprehensible earnest. (Annie Dillard)

A shepherd on a hilltop who looks at a mess of stars and thinks, 'There's a hunter, a plow, a fish,' is making mental connections that have real force in the universe as the very fires of those stars themselves. (Annie Dillard)

The coming and going of birth and death is a painting. Unsurpassed enlightenment is a painting. The entire phenomenal universe and the empty sky are nothing but a painting. (Dogen)

Dance is the movement of the universe concentrated in an individual. (Isadora Duncan)

I believe the universe is a holographic fractal and we are all made from the same building blocks of love/energy/light. (Connie L. Dunn)

The more I examine the universe and the details of its architecture, the more evidence I find that the universe in some sense must have known we were coming. (Freeman Dyson)

-Desiderata: A Poem for a Way of Life...
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. (Max Ehrmann)

God doesn't play dice with the universe. (Albert Einstein)

Once you can accept the universe as being something expanding into an infinite Nothing which is something, wearing stripes with plaid is easy. (Albert Einstein)

Do I dare / Disturb the universe? / In a minute there is time / For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse. (T. S. Eliot)

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

We are taught by great actions that the universe is the property of every individual in it. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

The universe is transformation. (Louise Erdrich)

The universe doesn't conspire against you, but it doesn't go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. (Timothy Ferriss)

A poet once said, "The whole universe is in a glass of wine." We will probably never know in what sense he meant that, for poets do not write to be understood. But it is true that if we look at a glass of wine closely enough we see the entire universe. (Richard Feynman)

The unifying link in my paintings is my belief in the Oneness between the Universe and Man. This interaction is fruitful, fertile, reciprocally nourishing. (Bela Fidel)

When one studies the structure of the universe, it becomes clear that the sciences are as aesthetic as the arts, and the arts are as practical as the sciences. Thus, they are different - but the same. (Edward J. Fraughton)

Universe is synergetic. Life is synergetic. (Buckminster Fuller)

It is said that in breathing man recapitulates the rhythm of the universe. When the mind is fastened to the rhythm of breathing, it tends to become absorbed and calm... I know of no better way to begin to deal with anxiety than to place the mind on one's breathing process. (W. Timothy Gallwey)

There is an orderliness in the universe, there is an unalterable law governing everything and every being that exists or lives. It is no blind law; for no blind law can govern the conduct of living beings. (Mahatma Gandhi)

The universe is not for man alone, but is a theater of evolution for all living beings. Live and let live... (Virchand Gandhi)

Your easel is the nuclear sun of an uncommon universe. (Robert Genn)

There's a saying that goes, 'The universe gives you a whisper, then a nudge, then a push and then an anvil on your head. (Sara Genn)

The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them. (Elizabeth Gilbert)

A golf course is the epitome of all that is purely transitory in the universe; a space not to dwell in, but to get over as quickly as possible. (Jean Giraudoux)

We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

I don't know what the nature of the universe is, but I have a good ear. (Mary Gordon)

I do not have to make over the universe; I have only to do my job, great or small, and to look often at the trees and the hills and the sky, and be friendly with all men. (David Grayson)

I believe the universe wants to be noticed. I think the universe is improbably biased toward the consciousness, that it rewards intelligence in part because the universe enjoys its elegance being observed. And who am I, living in the middle of history, to tell the universe that it - or my observation of it - is temporary? (John Green)

...in the smallest cells are reflections of the largest. And in photography, through an interplay of scales, a whole universe within a universe can be revealed. (Ernst Haas)

Waiting for him I check behind me, to be sure I haven't accidentally activated my backup tank of oxygen, and that's when I notice the universe. The scale is graphically shocking. The colors, too. The incongruity is stupefying: there I was, inside a small box, but now - how is this possible? (Chris Hadfield, astronaut)

The universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine. (J. B. S. Haldane)

The sky was clear - remarkably clear - and the twinkling of all the stars seemed to be but throbs of one body, timed by a common pulse. (Thomas Hardy)

What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe? Why does the universe go through all the bother of existing? (Stephen Hawking)

In this interconnected universe, every improvement we make in our private world improves the world at large for everyone. (David R. Hawkins)

We ought to be grateful that the Universe out there knows no smile. (Werner Herzog)

It is well to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others. (John Andrew Holmes)

There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self. (Aldous Huxley)

The chess-board is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us. (Thomas H. Huxley)

I want to put a ding in the universe. (Steve Jobs)

It is comforting to reflect that the disproportion of things in the world seems to be only arithmetical. (Franz Kafka)

Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work. (Abdul Kalam)

The nightmare of materialism, which has turned the life of the universe into an evil, useless game, is not yet past; it holds the awakening soul still in its grip. (Wassily Kandinsky)

A painting is a symbol for the universe. Inside it, each piece relates to the other. Each piece is only answerable to the rest of that little world. So, probably in the whole universe, there is that kind of total harmony, but we get only little tastes of it. (Corita Kent)

Losing yourself in your creation, the universe speaks with you. (Valerie Kent)

The human bones are but vain lines dawdling, the whole universe a blank mold of stars. (Jack Kerouac)

Everything is a gift of the universe - even joy, anger, jealousy, frustration, or separateness. Everything is perfect either for our growth or our enjoyment. (Ken S. Keyes Jr.)

The worst state of affairs is when science begins to concern itself with art. (Paul Klee)

There's a universe inside your head - a place of pictures and passions, of songs and sorrows. It's everything you are - and it's an utter mystery. (Jeffrey Kluger)

The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent... However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light. (Stanley Kubrick)

In the universe, there is the sun, the moon, the earth, and hundreds of millions of stars. All of us live in the unfathomable mystery and infinitude of the universe. Pursuing philosophy of the universe through art under such circumstances has led me to what I call stereotypical repetition. (Yayoi Kusama)

The universe that we inhabit and our shared perception of it are the results of a common karma. Likewise, the places that we will experience in future rebirths will be the outcome of the karma that we share with the other beings living there. (Dalai Lama)

Astronomy teaches the correct use of the sun and the planets. (Stephen Leacock)

The universe is an intelligence test. (Timothy Leary)

Just as the individual is not alone in the group, nor any one in society alone among the others, so man is not alone in the universe. (Claude Levi-Strauss)

My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust? (C. S. Lewis)

The fear that the universe is not what you assume it to be is very basic, especially when you know damn well it isn't what you assume it to be. (John Lilly)

The new physics provides a modern version of ancient spirituality. In a universe made out of energy, everything is entangled; everything is one. (Bruce Lipton)

-on A. Y. Jackson...
There is something cosmic in his interpretation of the movement of earth and sky and weather forms in his paintings... (Arthur Lismer)

I believe the universe is a holographic fractal and we are all made from the same building blocks of love/energy/light. (Connie Livingston-Dunn)

I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. (Jack London)

The dawn is not distant, nor is the night starless; love is eternal. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

Man's skull represents the same infinity for the movement of conceptions. It is equal to the universe, for in it is contained all that sees in it. (Kasimir Malevich)

The universe doesn't give you what you ask for with your thoughts - it gives you what you demand with your actions. (Steve Maraboli)

The universe is one great kindergarten for man. Everything that exists has brought with it its own peculiar lesson. (Orison Swett Marden)

Man is a universe within himself. (Bob Marley)

The individual soul touches upon the world soul like a well reaches for the water table. That which sustains the universe beyond thought and language, and that which is at the core of us and struggles for expression, is the same thing. The finite within the infinite, the infinite within the finite. (Yann Martel)

The essential for a Zen painter means a manner of being in the deepest sense and not, as for us, a manner of doing. For them it means fusion in the life of the cosmos... (Andre Masson)

Each of our stories is a universe. Each one of us is living a story. To discover its shape and essence is essential to soul making. (Deena Metzger)

The universe lies before you on the floor, in the air, in the mysterious bodies of your dancers, in your mind. From this voyage no one returns poor or weary. (Agnes de Mille)

-Epicurean Simplicity
The impermanence of the universe is manifest, inescapable. I know that, yet I am immoderately attached to this life, these pleasures, this place. (Stephanie Mills)

Ease is the Universe's way of communicating that you are 'on track'... note that the word 'disease' is actually 'dis-ease.' (Gina Mollicone-Long)

I see the world in the face of the elderly and the heavens in the face of a child. (Bridgette Mongeon)

They're making a joke of our universe. (Jim Morrison)

One's art is just one's effort to wed oneself to the universe, to unify oneself through union. (Robert Motherwell)

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe. (John Muir)

Every day you play with the light of the universe. (Pablo Neruda)

I'm in tune with the right vibrations in the universe when I'm in the process of working. (Louise Nevelson)

Here we are, we're alone in the universe, there's no God - it just seems that it all began by something as simple as sunlight striking on a piece of rock. And here we are. We've only got ourselves. Somehow, we've just got to make a go of it. We've only ourselves. (John James Osborne)

The universe is asymmetric and I am persuaded that life, as it is known to us, is a direct result of the asymmetry of the universe or of its indirect consequences. The universe is asymmetric. (Louis Pasteur)

Contradiction is the essence of the universe. (Fernando Pessoa)

Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another. (Plato)

I strive to express the spiritual nature of the Universe. Painting for me is a dynamic balance and wholeness of life; it is mysterious and transcending, yet solid and real. (Richard Pousette-Dart)

Only through art can we get outside ourselves and know another's view of the universe which is not the same as ours... (Marcel Proust)

How is it possible that the world's most respected scientists devote their lives to understanding the physical universe, yet we feel silly when we try to understand our own? Imagine telling Einstein to 'let it be.' (Darylynn Starr Rank)

The basic stuff of the universe, at its core, is looking like a kind of pure energy that is malleable to human intention and expectation in a way that defies our old mechanistic model of the universe--as though our expectation itself causes our energy to flow out into the world and affect other energy systems. (James Redfield)

Each of us has a universal within us. There's always that making of parts - but it doesn't touch the universal within you. (Milton Resnick)

- Soul Love: Awakening Your Heart Centers...
All energy in the universe responds positively to love. (Sanaya Roman)

The universe is so vast and so ageless that the life of one man can only be justified by the measure of his sacrifice. (V. A. Rosewarne)

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms. (Muriel Rukeyser)

-b.1207 d.1273...
We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust. (Rumi)

The universe and the light of the stars come through me. (Rumi)

If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe. (Carl Sagan)

If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? (Mitsugi Saotome)

The universe is a thought of God. (Johann Friedrich von Schiller)

Always and everywhere one can dig more deeply into infinities. (Friedrich Von Schlegel)

Art is also an expanding universe. (Ian Semple)

The universe is not in a steady state; there's an ongoing creative principle in nature, which is driving things onwards. (Rupert Sheldrake)

The universe is Why, How, and What, in any order, and all at once. (Eli Siegel)

True piety for the universe but no time for religions made for man's convenience. (Baruch Spinoza)

Nothing in the universe is contingent, but all things are conditioned to exist and operate in a particular manner by the necessity of the divine nature. (Baruch Spinoza)

-b.1815 d.1902...
Surely the immutable laws of the universe can teach more impressive and exalted lessons than the holy books of all the religions on earth. (Elizabeth Cady Stanton)

But I have a new love for that glittering instrument, the human soul. It is a lovely and unique thing in the universe. It is always attacked and never destroyed - because 'Thou mayest.' (John Steinbeck)

A lifetime may not be long enough to attune ourselves fully to the harmony of the universe. But just to become aware that we can resonate with it - that alone can be like waking up from a dream. (David Steindl-Rast)

-b.1861 d.1925...
The higher worlds are around us. These worlds are not only heavenly worlds, not only worlds of happiness, though paradise and happiness are in them, but they are also worlds that could be terrible for the people, by dangerous facts and creatures. (Rudolf Steiner)

-b.1861 d.1925...
If man wants to obtain knowledge of the greatness and happiness of these worlds, then is nothing else possible than that he also will be introduced to the dangerous, with the fearfulness that they contain. One is not possible without the other. (Rudolf Steiner)

Some people swallow the universe like a pill; they travel on through the world, like smiling images pushed from behind. (Robert Louis Stevenson)

And so we came forth, and once again beheld the stars. (William Styron)

It is inconceivable that the whole Universe was merely created for us who live in this third-rate planet of a third-rate moon. (Alfred, Lord Tennyson)

Man, like the universe, is a machine. Nothing enters our minds or determines our actions which is not directly or indirectly a response to stimuli beating upon our sense organs from without. (Nikola Tesla)

The universe is wider than our views of it. (Henry David Thoreau)

The universe seems bankrupt as soon as we begin to discuss the characters of individuals. (Henry David Thoreau)

In Zen brush-painting, the circle is a master's problem. It represents everything and nothing, and in so doing, the universe. (Michael Todd)

Art lifts man from his personal life into the universal life. (Leo Tolstoy)

There exists an infinite universe between the boundaries of light and darkness; the photographer explores this chasm in a ship of the imagination, that is the camera. (David Travis)

Then of course the rest of the universe comes by to visit... (Sandy Triolo)

The universe can take quite a while to deliver. (Desmond Tutu)

To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders. (Lao Tzu)

That which is most personal is universal. (Author unknown)

Through reverence for life, we come into a spiritual relationship with the universe. (Author unknown)

The high mission of any art is, by its illusions, to foreshadow a higher universe reality, to crystallize the emotions of time into the thought of eternity. (Author unknown)

The universe is built on a plan the profound symmetry of which is somehow present in the inner structure of our intellect. (Paul Valery)

The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest. (Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.)

HELPED are those who create anything at all, for they shall relive the thrill of their own conception and realize a partnership in the creation of the Universe that keeps them responsible and cheerful. (Alice Walker)

You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean. (Alan Watts)

There is reference to a wild and potentially dangerous universe that one must experience alone, internally and externally. At the same time, the statements leave open the unreasonable possibility that the adventure is informed, supported and celebrated by a conscious universe - a universe that we might rely on. (Jerry Wennstrom)

A copy of the universe is not what is required of art; one of the damned things is ample. (Rebecca West)

We know from science that nothing in the universe exists as an isolated or independent entity. (Margaret J. Wheatley)

Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes. (Walt Whitman)

There is another world, but it is in this one. (William Butler Yeats)

Just as a mountain of snow is nothing but water, so also the whole of the universe is nothing but ananda (bliss). (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

Do not insist that the universe comply with your understanding of it. (Gary Zukav)