Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.
It does at first appear that an astronomer rapt in abstraction, while he gazes on a star, must feel more exquisite delight than a farmer who is conducting his team. Isaac DIsraeliLiterary Character of Men of Genius. On Habituating Ourselves to an Individual Pursuit.
These earthly godfathers of heavens lights That give a name to every fixed star Have no more profit of their shining nights Than those that walk, and wot not what they are. Loves Labours Lost. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 88.