Rather than have it the principal thing in my son's mind, I would gladly have him think that the sun went round the earth, and that the stars were so many spangles set in the bright blue firmament.
(Thomas Arnold (1795-1842), British educator, scholar. Letter, May 9, 1836. The Life and Correspondence of Thomas Arnold, D.D., vol. 2 (1845).
on the teaching of physical science. Arnold welcomed that his children be well versed in science only if "in due subordination to the fulness and freshness of their knowledge on moral subjects"Man ideal he could not believe in.)
It is when we try to grapple with another man's intimate need that we perceive how incomprehensible, wavering, and misty are the beings that share with us the sight of the stars and the warmth of the sun.
(Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. Marlow, in Lord Jim, ch. 16 (1900).)
The white man's dead forget the country of their birth when they go to walk among the stars. Our dead never forget this beautiful earth, for it is the mother of the red man.
(Seattle (c. 1784-1866), Native American chief of the Dwamish, Suquamish, and allied Indian tribes. Letter, 1854, to President Franklin Pierce, attributed to Chief Seattle. Brother Eagle, Sister Sky: A Message from Chief Seattle (1990).
The letter, in which Seattle pleaded that his name should die with the ceding of the Washington State territories, was shown in 1992 to have been largely a forgery, devised by television scriptwriter Ted Perry for a historical epic in 1971.)
In Washington, the first thing people tell you is what their job is. In Los Angeles you learn their star sign. In Houston you're told how rich they are. And in New York they tell you what their rent is.
(Simon Hoggart (b. 1946), British journalist. America: A User's Guide, ch. 1 (1990).)
Unfortunately, I am involved in a freedom ride protesting the loss of the minority rights belonging to the few remaining earthbound stars. All we demanded was our right to twinkle.
(Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962), U.S. screen actor. Marilyn: Something's Got to Give (TV program, Channel 4), broadcast (Aug. 2, 1992).
Telegram, June 13, 1962, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kennedy, turning down a party invitation.)