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
Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars.
Henry Van Dyke
It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.
Only from the heart can you touch the sky.
Reason is the substance of the universe. The design of the world is absolutely rational.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
If we do discover a complete theory, it should be in time understandable in broad principle by everyone. Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people be able to take part in the discussion of why we and the universe exist.
My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.
Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?
We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.
In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.
We should not say 'I am an Athenian' or 'I am a Roman' but 'I am a Citizen of the Universe'.