|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.
|And God made two great lights, great for their use|
To man, the greater to have rule by day,
The less by night, altern.
MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. VII. L. 346.
|At night astronomers agree.|
PriorPhilliss Age. St. 3.
|My lord, they say five moons were seen tonight:|
Four fixed, and the fifth did whirl about
The other four in wondrous motion.
King John. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 182.
|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.
| And teach me how|
To name the bigger light, and how the less,
That burn by day and night.
Tempest. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 334.
| Theres some ill planet reigns;|
I must be patient till the heavens look
With an aspect more favorable.
Winters Tale. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 105.
| O how loud|
It calls devotion! genuine growth of night!
Devotion! daughter of Astronomy!
An undevout Astronomer is mad.
YoungNight Thoughts. Night IX. L. 774.