“Fortunately, centuries ago there were a few curious men who did not easily accept the notion that stars were illusory lights on a crystalline sphere and judged that the study of the stars might be worthwhile though, to many, a seemingly impractical and nonsensical venture. The pursuite of that seemingly impractical and unrewarding study of astronomy and related sciences, however, has given us the highly technonological world we live in and the high standard of living we enjoy – a standard which would have been totally impossible in a peasant society whose eyes were never turned towards the skies.”
–Dr. J. Allen Hynek
testifying before the House Committee on Science and Astronautics
as reported by John G. Fuller
writing in Aliens in the Skies
This is one in a series of quotations.
I’ve been working, from time to time, on a book of quotations for many years. I call it, “The Mind Boggles”, from one of my favorite quotations. I do source quotations a bit differently from a lot of people. In the case of a work of a fiction, I consider that the character said the line…not the author. As a bit of an author myself (in a minor way), I can tell you…my characters definitely say things that I would never say. These are all quotations that I’ve collected myself: I’ve read the book, seen the TV episode, and so on.
Hope you enjoy them!
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.