“Through the greatness of the universe, which philosophy contemplates, the mind is also rendered great, and becomes capable of that union with the universe which constitutes its highest good.” 

Bertrand Russell

“Our descendants will be amazed that we did not know things that are so plain to them. Our universe is a sorry little affair unless it has in it something for every age to investigate.”

Seneca, First Century CE

”Our ancestors are not just our grandparents and great-grandparents, not just our ethnic group, not just the human species, not just life or even Planet Earth, but stars, galaxies, dark matter, and all the forces of nature, living and not, in an unbroken chain back to the Big Bang.

Nancy Ellen Abrams and Joel R. Primack

“The universe, the solar system and planet earth in themselves and in their evolutionary emergence constitute for the human community the primary revelation of that ultimate mystery whence all things emerge into being.”

Thomas Berry