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  • The universe was not made in jest but in solemn incomprehensible earnest. By a power that is unfathomably secret, and holy, and fleet.

  • Two forces rule the universe: light and gravity.

  • The entire universe is nothing but a great metaphor.

  • The world is God's language to us ...

  • This World is not Conclusion. / A Species stands beyond — / Invisible, as Music — / But positive, as Sound.

    • Emily Dickinson,
    • c. 1862, in Thomas H. Johnson, ed., The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson ()
  • Space is the basic ingredient of the universe; there is more of it than anything else.

  • So loving is the universe, so joyful, so determined to give us everything we need and to love us and show us the way to live, too, that we are beaten to the ground, boiled by God's waves, as we play in the surf.

  • As I walk .. as I walk .. / The universe .. is walking with me .. / Beautifully .. it walks before me .... / Beautifully .. on every side .... / As I walk .. I walk with beauty.

  • ... what if the universe / is not about / us? Then what? / What / is it about / and what / about / us?

  • No teaching that is not based on reason can be tolerated by critical minds, but the belief that an accident of blind force produces this highly organized world is far more fantastic than the theory that a Super Intelligence devised its ordered evolution.

  • The universe gets more disorderly all the time.