May we attribute to the color of the herbage and plants, which no doubt clothe the plains of Mars, the characteristic hue of that planet, which is noticeable by the naked eye, and which led the ancients to personify it as a warrior?

— Camille Flammarion

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What, then, is this blue sky, which certainly does exist, and which veils from us the stars during the day?

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Lightning is like an elementary spirit, eccentric or rational, clever or silly, passing from one extreme to the other.

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If humankind - from humble farmers in the fields and toiling workers in the cities to teachers, people of independent means, those who have reached the pinnacle of fame or fortune, even the most frivolous of society women - if they knew what profound inner pleasure awaits those who gaze at the heavens, then France, nay, the whole of Europe, would be covered with telescopes instead of bayonets, thereby promoting universal happiness and peace.

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Nature is so varied in its modes of action, so multiple in the manisftations of its power, that we have no night to set any limits to its capabilities.

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The supernatural does not exist.

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The universe is so immense that it appears immutable, and that the duration of a planet such as that of the earth is only a chapter, less than that, a phrase, less still, only a word of the universe’s history.

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If the existence of human beings leads to nothing, what is all this comedy about?

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What intelligent being, what being capable of responding emotionally to a beautiful sight, can look at the jagged, silvery lunar crescent trembling in the azure sky, even through the weakest of telescopes, and not be struck by it in an intensely pleasurable way, not feel cut off from everyday life here on Earth and transported toward that first step on celestial journeys?

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The present inhabitation of Mars be a race superior to ours is very probable.

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That hemisphere of the moon which faces us is better known than the earth itself; its vast desert plains have been surveyed to within a few acres; its mountains and craters have been measured to within a few yards; while on the earth's surface there are 30,000,000 square kilometres (sixty times the extent of France), upon which the foot of man has never trod, which the eye of man has never seen.

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There are men who would be afraid to commit themselves on the doctrine that castor oil is a laxative.

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Le Verrier-without leaving his study, without even looking at the sky-had found the unknown planet [Neptune] solely by mathematical calculation, and, as it were, touched it with the tip of his pen!

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About Camille Flammarion

Quotes 15 sayings
Profession Astronomer
Birthday February 26, 1842

Men have had the vanity to pretend that the whole creation was made for them, while in reality the whole creation does not suspect their existence.

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Lightning seems a thought, which instead of being attached to a brain, is attached to an electric current.

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