Archive for October, 2021

Theme:   star

Quoted in The Grove:
…we are the products of a billion-year lineage of wandering stardust. We, all of us, are what happens when a primordial mixture of hydrogen and helium evolves for so long that it begins to ask where it came from.
~Jill Tarter

We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.
~Carl Sagan

A philosopher once asked, “Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?” Pointless, really…”Do the stars gaze back?” Now that’s a question.
~Neil Gaiman

And in that line now was a whiskered old man, with a linen cap and a crooked nose, who waited in a place called the Stardust Band Shell to share his part of the secret of heaven: that each affects the other and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one.
~Mitch Albom


Prewritten Prompt for 10/26:  silence


Dreams are like stars. You may never touch them, but if you follow them they will lead you to your destiny.
~Liam James

Hope itself is like a star — not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity.
~Charles Spurgeon

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
~Harriet Tubman


I am the cry of the nebula to become a star, the stream following its dream to the sea…
I am the moment of time calling to infinity.
~Muriel Strode

You can feel the stars and the infinity of the sky since life, in spite of everything, is like a dream.
~Vincent Van Gogh

Reach high, for stars lie hidden in you. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.
~Rabindranath Tagore


Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed my own troubles and all the gravities of terrestrial life. I thought of their unfathomable distance, and the slow inevitable drift of their movements out of the unknown past into the unknown future.
~H G Wells

Only by contending with challenges that seem to be beyond your strength to handle at the moment you can grow more surely toward the stars.
~Brian Tracy

Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.
~Leonardo da Vinci

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
~Helen Keller

What makes night within us may leave stars.
~Victor Hugo

Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars.
~Les Brown

I’m a dreamer. I have to dream and reach for the stars, and if I miss a star then I grab a handful of clouds.
~Mike Tyson

One man scorned and covered with scars still strove with his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable stars; and the world will be better for this.
~Miguel de Cervantes


People commonly travel the world over to see rivers and mountains, new stars, garish birds, freak fish, grotesque breeds of human; they fall into an animal stupor that gapes at existence and they think they have seen something.
~Soren Kierkegaard

What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?
~E M Forster

Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.
~Saint Augustine

Look at the stars! look, look up at the skies!
Oh look at all the fire-folk sitting in the air!
The bright boroughs, the circle-citadels there!
~Gerard Manley Hopkins

If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently.
~Bill Watterson

Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand – and melting like a snowflake.
~Francis Bacon

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Posted From The Grove

Never forget your real identity. You are a luminous conscious stardust being forged in the crucible of cosmic fire.
~Deepak Chopra

Even through your hardest days, remember we are all made of stardust.
~Carl Sagan

We are made of stardust; why not take a few moments to look up at the family album?
~Natalie Angier

There really is no such thing as race. We all came from Africa. We are all of the same stardust. We are all going to live and die on the same planet, a Pale Blue Dot in the vastness of space.
~Bill Nye

Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: you are all stardust… Forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today.
~Lawrence M Krauss

We are stardust, we are golden and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden.
~Joni Mitchell

we are made of stardust. So, next time you are really depressed, look in the mirror and you can look and say, hi, I’m looking at a star here.
~Charles Elachi

It’s shocking how bright your star is.
~Britney Spears


Wish on everything. Pink cars are good, especially old ones. And stars of course, first stars and shooting stars. Planes will do if they are the first light in the sky and look like stars. Wish in tunnels, holding your breath and lifting your feet off the ground. Birthday candles. Baby teeth.
~Francesca Lia Block

I made a wish on a sliver of moonlight
A sly grin and a bowl full of stars
~Tom Waits

There wouldn’t be a sky full of stars if we were all meant to wish on the same one.
~Frances Clark

Every day, every birthday candle I blow out, every penny I throw over my shoulder in a wishing well, every time my daughter says, ‘Let’s make a wish on a star,’ there’s one thing I wish for: wisdom.
~Rene Russo

The most wonderful of all things in life, I believe, is the discovery of another human being with whom one’s relationship has a glowing depth, beauty, and joy as the years increase. This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvelous thing, it cannot be found by looking for it or by passionately wishing for it. It is a sort of divine accident.
~Hugh Walpole

Gaze up at the stars knowing that I see the same sky and wish the same sweet dreams.
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning


~William Shatner:  Rocket Man   (5:16)   you’ve heard about it, but have you seen it?


~Medium.com: French Woman / Alien Hybrid   (4 minute read)   what’s not to believe, or a delicious con


~Mr Bangthamai:  The moon in the sky   (7:14)   photographic captures of the moon (visions, some of them), to tranquil music


Bohemian Catsody – A Rhapsody Parody   (5:30)   feline stars for cat people


To crush out fanaticism and revere the infinite, such is the law. Let us not confine ourselves to falling prostrate beneath the tree of creation and contemplating its vast ramifications full of stars. We have a duty to perform, to cultivate the human soul, to defend mystery against miracle, to adore the incomprehensible and to reject the absurd; to admit nothing that is inexplicable excepting what is necessary, to purify faith and obliterate superstition from the face of religion, to remove the vermin from the garden of God.
~Victor Hugo

If we long to believe that the stars rise and set for us, that we are the reason there is a Universe, does science do us a disservice in deflating our conceits?
~Carl Sagan

If after considerable reasoning one is led to believe in any theory or philosophy, his faith is welcomed. His reasoning can be mistaken, wrong, misled and sometimes fallacious. But he is liable to correction because reason is the guiding star of his life. But mere faith and blind faith is dangerous: it dulls the brain, and makes a man reactionary.
~Bhagat Singh

The fact that astronomies change while the stars abide is a true analogy of every realm of human life and thought, religion not least of all. No existent theology can be a final formulation of spiritual truth.
~Harry Emerson Fosdick

The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief… that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart.
~Walter Lippmann

Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars – mere globs of gas atoms. I, too, can see the stars on a desert night, and feel them. But do I see less or more?
~Richard P Feynman

It is reasonable to hope that in the not too distant future we shall be competent to understand so simple a thing as a star.
~Arthur Eddington (1882 – 1944)


The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.
~Carl Sagan

All the atoms we are made of are forged from hydrogen in stars that died and exploded before our solar system formed. So if you are romantic, you can say we are literally stardust. If you are less romantic, you can say we’re the nuclear waste from fuel that makes stars shine.
~Martin Rees

I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.
~Walt Whitman


Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground
~Theodore Roosevelt

Man gazes at the stars, but his feet are in the mud.

When you reach for the stars you may not quite get one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either.
~Leo Burnett

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
~Oscar Wilde

No one sees what is before his feet: we all gaze at the stars.
[Lat., Quod est ante pedes nemo spectat: coeli scrutantur plagas.]
~Marcus Tullius Cicero

Stretching his hand up to reach the stars, too often man forgets the flowers at his feet.
~Jeremy Bentham


There are 400 billion stars out there, just in our galaxy alone. If just one out of a million of those had planets, and just one in a million of those had life, and just one out of a million of those had intelligent life, there would be literally millions of civilizations out there.
~Jodie Foster

Are you really so arrogant as to believe we are alone in this universe? Millions of stars, and we’re supposed to be the only living creatures? No, there are many things out there, we just don’t know.
~Tom Cruise

[O]ne might ask why, in a galaxy of a few hundred billion stars, the aliens are so intent on coming to Earth at all. It would be as if every vertebrate in North America somehow felt drawn to a particular house in Peoria, Illinois. Are we really that interesting?
~Seth Shostak

All of sudden, this shooting star went by, and all I could think was that they were listening to us somehow.
~Nicholas Sparks


I ask you to look both ways. For the road to a knowledge of the stars leads through the atom; and important knowledge of the atom has been reached through the stars.
~Arthur Eddington

There are few instruments which yield more pleasure and instruction than the Telescope.
~R A Proctor

You have teenagers thinking they’re going to make millions as NBA stars when that’s not realistic for even 1 percent of them. Becoming a scientist or engineer is.
~Dean Kamen



The moon comes out, and gleaming through the clouds, braids its light, fantastic bow upon the waters. You feel calmer as the night deepens. The darkness softens you…
~Ik Marvel

MOONLIGHT  Sunlight with the heat turned off.
~Charles Wayland Towne

The moon is quite a show off given the chance. The stars make a sound when they shine so bright. Water so blue and so black.
~Dave Matthews


If only I could leave everything as it is, without moving a single star or a single cloud. Oh, if only I could!
~Antonio Porchia

The moon was falling into our street
Out of a tree,
And we walked slow, and the night was sweet,
And there were three
Stars huddled together in the space
That is the sky, and in your face
Was a little laughing, a little pain
And the fear that there could not be again
A night so dear as this night had been.
And we said Good-by, and I went in.
And you walked away; and the church clock spoke.
And the moon fell into our street and broke.
~Mary Carolyn Davies


Earthbound souls know only the underside of the atmosphere in which they live . . . but go higher – above the dust and water vapor – and the sky turns dark until one can see the stars at noon.
~Jacqueline Cochran

When a calm, clear evening follows a warm day we see the mist gathering in the valleys, creeping stealthily and silently up the hillsides, and rising into the air in long, low, horizontal streaks which are made beautiful by the silent, silvery light of moon and stars.
~Alfred Rowland

I love the stars. Because they can’t say anything. I love the stars. Because they do not judge anyone.
~Natsuki Takaya

A sky as pure as water bathed the stars and brought them out.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

O that moon last night!
No wonder everyone needs
an afternoon nap.

I am mad with the sight of stars, and frenzied with the beauty of the silver, wanton moon.
~Muriel Strode


Don’t let’s ask for the moon. We have the stars.
~Casey Robinson

For my part I know nothing with any certainty but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
~Vincent Van Gogh


And New York is the most beautiful city in the world? It is not far from it. No urban night is like the night there… Squares after squares of flame, set up and cut into the aether. Here is our poetry, for we have pulled down the stars to our will.
~Ezra Pound

…i saw the moon rise out of a skyscraper…
~Ken Sekaquaptewa & Candy St Jacques

Is Hollywood the cruelest city in the world? Well, it can be. New York can be that, too. You can be a Broadway star here one night, and something happens, and out — nobody knows you on the street. They forget you ever lived. It happens in Hollywood, too.
~Buster Keaton

It’s a chain of accidents. When you step into Hollywood, you wind yourself into thousands of chains of accidents. If all of the thousands happen to come out exactly right — and the chance of that figures out to be one in eight million — then you’ll be a star.
~Clark Gable


~Pequod Films:  La inquilina (The Tenant)   (11:54)   a soaring soprano stars


~Omeleto:  This Always Happens   (14:08)   star-crossed astrology, a reprise


~Emily Nicoline Quist:   Viktor on the Moon   (28:10)   nsfw, but sweet


Every star has that certain something that stands out and compels us to notice them.
~Maureen O’Hara

Indigo yearnings, starry hopes, dark forebodings. It’s a storied sky tonight, telling ancient tales.
~Dr SunWolf

People keep trying to make me a movie star but they just don’t understand. I’m not a movie star, I’m an actor.
~Ryan Phillippe

I don’t want to be a star. If you have to label me anything, I’m an actor – I guess. A journeyman actor. I think ‘star’ is what you call actors who can’t act.
~Paul Muni

I’m not an actor, I’m a movie star!!!
~Peter O’Toole

The film business is absurd. Stars don’t last very long. It’s much more interesting to be a proper actor.
~Tom Courtenay


Any artist that is even surviving right now is a dark horse because things change pretty fast. You’re a superstar one day and wake up the next day and you’re anonymous. To be successful in any way is beating the odds right now, I think.
~Chad Kroeger

I look to longevity. I just consider myself an actress and getting good roles. If being a ‘superstar’ gets me good roles, then that’s a positive thing. But my goal isn’t just to be a superstar. It’s to act for a long time.
~Penelope Ann Miller

My goal is to get another 30 years out of this business. So I need to figure out the fuel to do that. And so far, I think it’s respect and quality and company, not celebrity or box office or stardom. It’s not a sprinter’s approach. It’s more like a long-distance thing. You can stick around a lot longer if you kind of slow-play it.
~Jason Bateman


Sure, my childhood was unusual. All these eccentric, wild people frequented our home: rock stars, drag queens, models, bikers, freaks. But I was not this little rich girl. My mom and I lived in an apartment.
~Liv Tyler

Growing up going to Christian school and the concept that you’re born a sinner and you don’t really have a choice to change who you are has been hammered into my head and created the entire reason why I made art and made a band and made records called ‘Antichrist Superstar.’
~Marilyn Manson

While a large segment of the art world has obsessed over a tiny number of stars and their prices, an aesthetic shift has been occurring. It’s not a movement – movements are more sure of themselves. It’s a change of mood or expectation, a desire for art to be more than showy effects, big numbers, and gamesmanship.
~Jerry Saltz

We can now have action movies with two stars where one might be African American and one might be Asian American. One of them doesn’t have to be white, and the other one doesn’t have to be the ethnic sidekick. We’re way over that. And I think it’s happening in society, too.
~Roger Ebert

I’ve never written a movie, I’m not in the movie business. I go out to L.A. and I’m like everyone else wandering around in a daze hoping I see movie stars. I write the novels that the movies are based on, and that feels like enough of a job for me.
~Justin Cronin

I want to be a man’s man — not a kid actor or a glitzy pop star but a no-bullshit leading man.
~Scott Eastwood

I did work out every day. I needed it to have the endurance to do what needed to be done and not get hurt. I have such a new respect for action stars now.
~Sanaa Lathan


I’m going to be a great movie star some day.
~Marilyn Monroe

Hollywood parties not only confuse me, but they often disillusion me. The disillusion comes when I meet a movie star I’ve been admiring since childhood. I always thought that movie stars were exciting and talented people full of special personality. Meeting one of them at a party I discover usually that he (or she) is colorless and even frightened. I’ve often stood silent at a party for hours listening to my movie idols turn into dull and little people.
~Marilyn Monroe

It was my fans who made me a star.
~Marilyn Monroe

Stars today are just masturbation images.
~Robert Mitchum


I still haven’t gotten over this thing of walking down the street and somebody recognizing you because you’ve been in a movie. There’s this illusion that movie stars only exist in the movies. And to see one live is like seeing a leopard let out of the zoo.
~Sam Shepard

A player dreams of being a superstar, but he doesn’t want people flocking all over him asking for an autograph.
~Dennis Rodman


I don’t want to be famous as a movie star and have the whole world love me, I want to be a creative actress.
~Juliette Lewis

It’s not a matter of becoming a superstar. Fame and money aren’t the purpose of all this. No actor’s going to say, ‘I don’t want to be famous.’ But the main purpose for doing what I’m doing is the passion in the work.
~Christopher Lambert

I’m a character actress, plain and simple… Who can worry about a career? Have a life. Movie stars have careers – actors work, and then they don’t work, and then they work again.
~Frances McDormand

I’m not a star, and I don’t want to be a star. Stars fall. I’m an ordinary guy with an extraordinary job.
~Bernie Mac


Every era that comes along has a superstar that emerges. Once we are out of the game, there will be a superstar who will emerge that everyone will notice.
~Lennox Lewis

Superstars perform so naturally and so instinctively that they seem to be able to enter a pressure-packed situation that would terrify or freeze most people as if nothing matters. They let it happen, let it go. They couldn’t care less about the results… Superstars think like superstars long before the fans or the press anoint them.
~John Eliot

I knew that with a mouth like mine, I just hadda be a star or something.
~Barbra Streisand

The ones who become stars or superstars are the ones who have a head on their shoulders and know how to use it.
~Julius Erving

There is one common thing in superstars – enthusiasm and humility towards their work. Off sets, they are big stars for others, and they carry themselves the way they want to. When they are working, they are not stars.
~Abhishek Bachchan

Even superstars like Beyonce depend on nervous energy to give a good show.


I’m glad I was born when I was. My time was the golden age of variety. If I were starting out again now, maybe things would happen for me, but it certainly would not be on a variety show with 28 musicians, 12 dancers, two major guest stars, 50 costumes a week by Bob Mackie. The networks just wouldn’t spend the money today.
~Carol Burnett

How can a world be good in which Money is the moving power, and Self-interest the guiding star?
~H Rider Haggard

Listen to the stage manager and get on stage when they tell you to. No one has time for the rock star bullshit. None of the techs backstage care if you’re David Bowie or the milkman. When you act like a jerk, they are completely unimpressed with the infantile display that you might think comes with your dubious status. They were there hours before you building the stage, and they will be there hours after you leave tearing it down. They should get your salary, and you should get theirs.
~Henry Rollins


Everyone is a superstar… But most people are too focused on other people’s stars that they didn’t see theirs.

You are your own superstar, and only you can shape the movie that you make.
~Roger Hodgson

The press frequently sneers at the hype devoted to a superstar, but the press itself is responsible for all the hype.
~Beverly Sills

Timing is everything. It is not so much about who you know, especially now with the Internet, because anybody can become a superstar overnight.
~Frankie Knuckles

Sometimes people take it for granted that they had success, especially nowadays when you have instant stardom. A lot of people feel entitlement and nobody is entitled to anything.
~Donny Osmond

Overnight stardom can be harmful to your mental health. Yeah. It has ruined a lot of people.
~Clint Eastwood

I think people often confuse success with fame and stardom.
~Brenda Blethyn



The night doesn’t say to itself, ‘Here comes a shooting star to interrupt my peace!’
~Daniel Odier

Summer romances end for all kinds of reasons. But when all is said and done, they have one thing in common: They are shooting stars — a spectacular moment of light in the heavens, a fleeting glimpse of eternity. And in a flash, they’re gone.
~Nicholas Sparks

You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.
~John Green


Lightning is but a circlet of light about my throat…
Stars are but fireflies — I catch them in my playful hands.
~Muriel Strode

He was like a shooting star you tried to catch with your hands. She would only get burned.
~Melissa de la Cruz

Would you complain because a beautiful sunset doesn’t have a future or a shooting star a payoff? And why should romance ‘lead anywhere’? Passion isn’t a path through the woods. Passion is the woods.
~Tom Robbins

I heard what you said. I’m not the silly romantic you think. I don’t want the heavens or the shooting stars. I don’t want gemstones or gold. I have those things already. I want…a steady hand. A kind soul. I want to fall asleep, and wake, knowing my heart is safe. I want to love, and be loved.
~Shana Abe


From which stars have we fallen to meet each other here?
~Friedrich Nietzsche

Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.
~William Shakespeare

The romantic chivalric tradition takes, or at any rate has in the past taken, the young man’s eye off women as they are, as companions in shipwreck, not guiding stars.
~J R R Tolkien

And when it started to get dark you pointed to the sky, and told me there was a star for every thing you loved about me.
~Lauren Oliver


Augustus Waters was the great star-crossed love of my life. Ours was an epic love story, and I won’t be able to get more than a sentence into it without disappearing into a puddle of tears. Gus knew. Gus knows. I will not tell you our love story, because — like all real love stories — it will die with us, as it should.
~John Green

Gone – flitted away,
Taken the stars from the night and the sun
From the day!
Gone, and a cloud in my heart.
~Alfred Lord Tennyson

I like rust on a nail, fog on a mountain. Clouds hide stars, rooms have doors, eyes close, and the same words that began love end it with changed emphasis.
~David Ignatow

I shall be dumped where the weed decays,
And the rest is rust and stardust
~Vladimir Nabokov

We movie stars all end up by ourselves. Who knows? Maybe we want to.
~Bette Davis


Star-crossed lovers desperate to get home together. Two hearts beating as one. Romance.
~Suzanne Collins

Love knows not distance; it hath no continent; its eyes are for the stars.
~Gilbert Parker

Her face was fair and pretty, with eyes like two bits of night sky, each with a star dissolved in the blue.
~George MacDonald

I met in the street a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, his cloak was out at the elbows, the water passed through his shoes, – and the stars through his soul.
~Victor Hugo


Building a little bonfire at night on the beach and lying on a blanket with my wife under the stars is not only sexy, it’s romantic.
~Benjamin Bratt

You cannot look up at the night sky on the Planet Earth and not wonder what it’s like to be up there amongst the stars. And I always look up at the moon and see it as the single most romantic place within the cosmos.
~Tom Hanks

Never ignore someone who loves you and cares about you. ‘Cause one day you may realize you lost the moon while counting stars.
~John O’Callaghan


I know this is going to sound corny, but I love my life. I love my baby, so I love getting to wake up with him. And I have the most amazing job, with writing that any actor would love and costars who I can’t wait to see on Monday mornings. And I love coming home to my husband.
~Julianna Margulies

Love is the mystery of water and a star.
~Pablo Neruda


I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.
~Og Mandino

You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.
~John Green

If you never saw the stars, candles were enough.
~Maggie Stiefvater


~Ed Sheeran:  All Of The Stars   (4:14)   posted on a wall board


~Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper:  Shallow   (3:35)   from: A Star Is Born


~the killers:  Spaceman   (4:45)   colorful, almost catchy


~Steve Miller:  Space Cowboy   (4:59)   fun, featuring…


~Moby:  We Are All Made Of Stars   (3:41)   seems to mean everybody


~David Bowie:  Space Oddity 1969   (3:48)   original video, amateurish, captivating


~Sun Kil Moon:  Space Travel Is Boring   (3:39)   early filmstock reimagined, eerie


~James Arthur:  Falling Like The Stars   (4:15)   stars and stripes recruiting


~Adam Levine:  Lost Stars   (4:26)   from: Begin Again


~Peter O’Toole:  The Impossible Dream   (2:18)   from: Man of La Mancha


Humanity today is like a waking dreamer, caught between the fantasies of sleep and the chaos of the real world. The mind seeks but cannot find the precise place and hour. We have created a Star Wars civilization, with Stone Age emotions, medieval institutions, and godlike technology. We thrash about. We are terribly confused by the mere fact of our existence, and a danger to ourselves and to the rest of life.
~E O Wilson

The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago… had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.
~Havelock Ellis

It is not easy to see how the more extreme forms of nationalism can long survive when men have seen the Earth in its true perspective as a single small globe against the stars.
~Arthur C Clarke

Moral epochs have their course as well as the seasons. We can no more hold them fast than we can hold sun, moon, and stars. Our faults perpetually return upon us; and herein lies the subtlest difficulty of self-knowledge.


If, while hurrying ostensibly to the temple of truth, we hand the reins over to our personal interests which look aside at very different guiding stars, for instance at the tastes and foibles of our contemporaries, at the established religion, but in particular at the hints and suggestions of those at the head of affairs, then how shall we ever reach the high, precipitous, bare rock whereon stands the temple of truth?
~Arthur Schopenhauer

He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it.

The function of an ideal is not to be realized but, like that of the North Star, to serve as a guiding point.
~Edward Abbey



The Moon is like a big round cheese
That shines above the garden trees,
And like a cheese grows less each night,
As though some one had had a bite.
~Oliver Herford

The stars can change in their courses, the universe go up in flames, and the world crash around us, but there’ll always be Donald Duck. ~Noël Coward

Remember to floss your brain after every meal, people.
~The Good Doctor
“Fault,” 2020, written by P Blake, M Rozeman, A S Weissman, & S Chanse [S4, E5, Dr Marcus Andrews, after removing a teratoma tumor with a tooth in it from a patient’s brain]

You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars.
~Charles Kuralt

Hollywood is a place where people from Iowa mistake each other for stars.
~Fred Allen

The words we have for describing someone’s appearance are limited to the obvious compass directions: happy, sad, mad, and afraid. It’s hard to categorize the half expressions, the ones which reside in between. But this morning, I’m calling Perry mad by sadwest.
~Edmond Manning

Romantics might like to think of themselves as being composed of stardust. Cynics might prefer to think of themselves as nuclear waste.
~Simon Singh

Mind you, sometimes the angels smoke, hiding it with their sleeves, and when the archangel comes, they throw the cigarettes away: that’s when you get shooting stars.
~Vladimir Nabokov

Now, the Star-Belly Sneetches had bellies with stars.
The Plain-Belly Sneetches had none upon thars.
~Dr Seuss


You should always look like a star. Otherwise people will lose a little of the esteem they have for you.
~Peggy Lee

I think we have to act like stars because it is expected of us. So we drive our big cars and live in our smart houses.
~Maurice Gibb

Sure we’re in limos. We’re stars. How else is a star supposed to travel?
~Deion Sanders

So many stars lose their way, and with success become more neurotic, not less so.
~Francesca Annis

A lot of stars don’t have a sense of humor.
~Kathy Griffin

Overnight stardom can be harmful to your mental health. Yeah. It has ruined a lot of people.
~Clint Eastwood

The power and influence of a movie star is curious: I didn’t ask for it or take it; people gave it to me. Simply because you’re a movie star, people empower you with special rights and privileges.
~Marlon Brando

The stars, that nature hung in heaven, and filled their lamps with everlasting oil, give due light to the misled and lonely traveller.
~John Milton


It’s a chain of accidents. When you step into Hollywood, you wind yourself into thousands of chains of accidents. If all of the thousands happen to come out exactly right — and the chance of that figures out to be one in eight million — then you’ll be a star.
~Clark Gable


God’s Eye Nebula


I see myself as a huge fiery comet, a shooting star. Everyone stops, points up and gasps “Oh look at that!” Then – whoosh, and I’m gone… and they’ll never see anything like it ever again… and they won’t be able to forget me — ever.
~Jim Morrison

What makes the most money for this business? Dead rock stars.
~Courtney Love

Oh never star
Was lost here but it rose afar.
~Robert Browning


We are bits of stellar matter that got cold by accident, bits of a star gone wrong.
~Arthur Eddington

Do not despise your own place and hour.
Every place is under the stars,
every place is the center of the world.
~John Burroughs

The winds that awakened the stars
Are blowing through my blood.
~William Butler Yeats

Often a star was waiting for you to notice it. A wave rolled toward you out of the distant path, or as you walked under an open window, a violin yielded itself to your hearing. All this was mission.
~Rainer Maria Rilke


He who does not fill his world with phantoms remains alone.
~Antonio Porchia

I would go to heaven, but I would take my hell;
I would not go alone.
~Antonio Porchia

He is one of those who has had the wilderness for a pillow, and called a star his brother. Alone. But loneliness can be a communion.
~Dag Hammarskjold


Sometimes when I look at you, I feel I’m gazing at a distant star. It’s dazzling, but the light is from tens of thousands of years ago. Maybe the star doesn’t even exist any more. Yet sometimes that light seems more real to me than anything.
~Haruki Murakami

This tremendous event is still on its way, still wandering; it has not yet reached the ears of men. Lightning and thunder require time; the light on the stars requires time; deeds though done, still require time to be seen and heard. This deed is still more distant from them than the most distant stars — and yet they have done it themselves.
~Friedrich Nietzsche


It’s funny. All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they’ll do practically anything you want them to.
~J D Salinger

I really like things I don’t understand: when I read a thing I don’t understand I feel a sweet and abysmal vertigo.
~Clarice Lispector

It has to be enough, sometimes, just knowing there are people who do understand these theories.


My soul comes from better worlds and I have an incurable homesickness of the stars.
~Nikos Kazantzakis

I might have been born in a hovel but I am determined to travel with
the wind and the stars.
~Jacqueline Cochran

No star is lost once we have seen,
We always may be what we might have been.
~Adelaide Anne Procter

It is the spirit of a person that hangs above him like a star in the sky.
~George Matthew Adams


All men have the stars, but they are not the same things for different people.
~Megan Hart

All the lessons of history in four sentences: Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad with power. The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly small. The bee fertilizes the flower it robs. When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
~Charles A Beard


I wandered one night out over the brink of eternity…. “Open and let me in,” I cried. “‘Tis a weary pilgrim, a lost soul…. The life-boat is for the storm-tossed ship, and so is the signal light in the harbor, and this — this is the wreck of a soul crying for the life-line!”
The gates swung open. I awoke and went out again into the world of men, and all day I sang at my work.
~Muriel Strode

Friend, you are a divine mingle-mangle of guts and stardust. So hang in there! If doors opened for me, they can open for anyone.
~Frank Capra


The stars which at midnight looked like a spillway of broken pearls, did not shine at this hour; they were holes of light, like eye squints in black masks.
~Paul Theroux

Do not complain beneath the stars about the lack of bright spots in your life.
~Bjornstjerne Bjornson

There are too many stars in some places and not enough in others.
~Mark Twain

The sky was clear – remarkably clear – and the twinkling of all the stars seemed to be but throbs of one body, timed by a common pulse.
~Thomas Hardy

There were so many fewer questions when stars were still just the holes to heaven.
~Jack Johnson

Life is so much clearer under the stars than under a roof.
~Terri Guillemets

I’ve loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.
~Galileo Galilei

If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and stare.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men are like the stars; some generate their own light while others reflect the brilliance they receive.
~Jose Marti

The sun comes into being each day from little pieces of fire that are collected.


I see myself as a huge fiery comet, a shooting star. Everyone stops, points up and gasps “Oh look at that!” Then – whoosh, and I’m gone… and they’ll never see anything like it ever again… and they won’t be able to forget me — ever.
~Jim Morrison

What makes the most money for this business? Dead rock stars.
~Courtney Love

Oh never star
Was lost here but it rose afar.
~Robert Browning


Watching a peaceful death of a human being reminds us of a falling star; one of a million lights in a vast sky that flares up for a brief moment only to disappear into the endless night forever.
~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

I am not going to die, I’m going home like a shooting star.
~Sojourner Truth

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@Writers Platform:

My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.
~John Green

Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.
~Gustave Flaubert

Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.
~John Green

I do not incline my ear at the door of tombs —
I listen at the roots of grasses.
I do not question dusty tomes — I ask the stars.
Parchment has no meaning to me — I ask my living, quivering breath.
~Muriel Strode

Well, we all start thinking we’re going to be Romantic rock stars, but then reality hits and you realize no one reads you but other poets.
~George Murray


Prewritten Prompt:   star


Shooting stars are not stars at all. They re just rocks that enter the atmosphere and catch fire under friction. What we wish on when we see one is only a trail of debris.
~Jodi Picoult

A star is not something that flashes through the sky. That’s a comet. Or a meteor. A star is something you can steer ships by. It stays in place and gives off a steady glow ; it is fixed, permanent. A star works at being a star.
~Jim Murray

You never wish on shooting stars. You wish on the ones that have the courage to shine where they are.
~Andrea Gibson

I like to consider myself a star – a star, that when you look in the sky, it’s always there. And on a clear night… a shooting star comes by, and get a little thrill, and you make a little wish. You need both types of stars, the shooting and the constant stars. The heavens include them all.
~James Belushi


From the Grove:

~Bckpakr @Pilgrim’s Retreat: excerpt from, Love!

True North.

You are my True North, like a compass.

No matter where I am, my needle points your way, even when I am lost, but being lost is no excuse for not looking North.

When I think about you, my mind is at peace, and if I were to travel again I would wonder what you were doing, where you were, and what you were thinking.

You are ‘the lady’ over the horizon, the ‘she’ I have always searched for, the ‘her’ for whom once seen, I would spend my days in quest.

You will always be my Point North.

Somewhere over the edge of the world, just out of view, while I lay on far beaches wondering where my life was going, you were out there living your life.

On my travels I was drawn closer and closer, ever traveling, never finding myself nearer and never stopping.

You are the promise on the horizon that turns into blue sky, when the sun rises and the waves are too loud to ignore any longer in sleep.
So I awake to clear my eyes in salty air, and see outlines of the hill around me;

They form the shape of your hips and thighs against the early morning sky, and the coastline travels with me while I make my way slowly South .. looking for you.

Deeper into the Mediterranean hue, to be lost completely among Latin smiles, blue waves and golden beaches.

But now not lost at all, knowing as I venture South that somewhere out there .. lies my True North.

No matter how far I roam or where I will be, I walk with you, dream with you, sing with you, remember you in my heart, knowing you will always be with me.

My heart, my True North.


It’s lovely to live on a raft. We had the sky up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made, or only just happened – Jim he allowed they was made, but I allowed they happened; I judged it would have took too long to make so many. Jim said the moon could a laid them; well that looked kind of reasonable, so I didn’t say nothing against it, because I’ve seen a frog lay most as many, so of course It could be done.
~Mark Twain

If one could conclude as to the nature of the Creator from a study of his creation it would appear that God has a special fondness for stars and beetles.
~John B S Haldane

When I have a terrible need of – shall I say the word – religion. Then I go out and paint the stars.
~Vincent Van Gogh

Seeing the sun, the moon and the stars, I said to myself, ‘Who could be the Master of these beautiful things?’ I felt a great desire to see him, to know him and to pay him homage.
~Josephine Bakhita

Our passionate preoccupation with the sky, the stars, and a God somewhere in outer space is a homing impulse. We are drawn back to where we came from.
~Eric Hoffer


If the man who observes the myriad stars, and considers that they and their innumerable satellites move in their serene dignity through the heavens, each swinging clear of the other’s orbit — if, I say, the man who sees this cannot realise the Creator’s attributes without the help of the book of Job, then his view of things is beyond my understanding.
~Arthur Conan Doyle

It might reasonably be maintained that the true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground. To be at last in such secure innocence that one can juggle with the universe and the stars, to be so good that one can treat everything as a joke – that may be, perhaps, the real end and final holiday of human souls.
~Gilbert K Chesterton

Maybe that’s what life is… a wink of the eye and winking stars.
Jack Kerouac

God calls each and every star by name. It’s not likely He has forgotten yours.
~Louie Giglio


The Exercise:


some where in the universe
a congregation of stars
a constellation, The Hermit
in perfect outline
a point of view
a looking place
that makes it true
a place alone
the seeker calls home


circuit court

tin star says Sheriff
plastic six-shooter
with holster
the old days of us
good guys and the bad guys
before computers made us human
remembered for us
took away our secrets
proved us all sinners
holds the warrants
for buried crimes
past malfeasance
and poor taste
a memory without mercy
correlated and primed
to prosecute
with no attorney


Future Tense

Starless night in a starlit town
Words gone out, word’s come down
Movies made of scripted people
You of pixels, forms onscreen
CGI, replacement staple
Stage it live
The play’s the thing


Dual Doggerels Dueling

barely true

movies are starring
with everyone staring
nudies unnerving
with everyone baring
shape less important
than the urge
to be sharing
escape linen walls
flee cotton stalls
admit to the urge
submit and emerge
with nobody caring
star and be daring
because if Eden was perfect
’tis a return worth declaring


the same

like the bee in beer
there’s is no me in mere
like the do in door
there is no go in gore
like the car in carve
there is no star in starve
like the why in wife
there is no St. in strife


they #1

he said, then she said
she did, then he did
consequences like starlight
go on forever


they #2

countless ages and aeons
stellar equations from
stellar experience derived
visitants and shepherds
who have seen our kind before
who know the formulae
and recipes for getting us
safely home


shatner, star master

90 mph life
over 90 years
equals one Star
*** star actor
poignantly pointed
to join
his fellow stars
in the forever-after


5s & 7s

ravishing sunset
opening credits, preshow
shared stage, then the stars


started by starving
starred: The Stark Stork of Star Gate
startled by stardom
blamed success on the title
better shot in its cradle


Last Quotes:

The stars are the street lights of eternity.

The stars are the land-marks of the universe.
~Sir John Frederick William Herschel


The function of an ideal is not to be realized but, like that of the North Star, to serve as a guiding point.
~Edward Abbey

And as I looked at the star, I realised what millions of other people have realised when looking at stars. We’re tiny. We don’t matter. We’re here for a second and then gone the next. We’re a sneeze in the life of the universe.
~Danny Wallace

When you consider things like the stars, our affairs don’t seem to matter very much, do they?
~Virginia Woolf


I would not for my life destroy one star of human hope, but I want it so that when a poor woman rocks the cradle and sings a lullaby to the dimpled darling, she will not be compelled to believe that ninety-nine chances in a hundred she is raising kindling wood for hell.
~Robert Green Ingersoll

If I had my child to raise all over again,I’d finger paint more, and point the finger less.I’d do less correcting, and more connecting.I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.I would care to know less, and know to care more.I’d take more hikes and fly more kites.I’d stop playing serious, and seriously play.I’d run through more fields, and gaze at more stars.I’d do more hugging, and less tugging.I would be firm less often, and affirm much more.I’d build self esteem first, and the house later.I’d teach less about the love of power, and more about the power of love.
~Diana Loomans


How is it they live in such harmony the billions of stars – when most men can barely go a minute without declaring war in their minds about someone they know.
~Thomas Aquinas

The Sun, the stars and the seasons as they pass, some can gaze upon these with no strain of fear.

If we could destroy custom at a blow and see the stars as a child sees them, we should need no other apocalypse.
~Gilbert K Chesterton


High in the air rises the forest of oaks, high over the oaks soar the eagle, high over the eagle sweep the clouds, high over the clouds gleam the stars… high over the stars sweep the angels…
~Heinrich Heine

For age is opportunity no less
Than youth itself, though in another dress,
And as the evening twilight fades away
The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


It shows you exactly how a star is formed; nothing else can be so pretty! A cluster of vapor, the cream of the milky way, a sort of celestial cheese, churned into light.
~Benjamin Disraeli

It’s true that if you watch the sky-wheel turn for a while you’ll see a meteor fall, flame and die. That’s not a star worth following; it’s just an unlucky rock. Our fates are here on earth. There are no guiding stars.
~Salman Rushdie

Metaphor for the night sky: A trillion asterisks and no explanations.
~Robert Brault


…i hem my madness with sanity
i tick, i zig, i zag, and i tock
i ride wayward shooting stars…
~Terri Guillemets

A naked lunch is natural to us,
we eat reality sandwiches
But allegories are so much lettuce.
Don’t hide the madness.
~Allen Ginsberg


You know, technology CEOs like to think of themselves as rock ‘n roll stars.
~James Daly

I don’t want to be a playwright, I want to be a rock and roll star.
~Sam Shepard


Never judge the moon by gazing the stars.
~Lalitha Narayanan

You can be the moon and still be jealous of the stars.
~Gary Allan


The star shines on in its starry realm, nor ever stops to relate. It is I, I, this lowly firefly, with heart aflame with longing, that shall tell you the wondrous story of the star.
~Muriel Strode

There are faint stars in the night sky that you can see, but only if you look to the side of where they shine. They burn too weakly or are too far away to be seen directly, even if you stare. But you can see them out of the corner of your eye because the cells on the periphery of your retina are more sensitive to light. Maybe truth is just like that. You can see it, but only out of the corner of your eye.
~Janna Levin

The stars incline, but do not impel.
~Robert A Heinlein

When you follow a star you know you will never reach that star; rather it will guide you to where you want to go. Its a reference point, not an end in itself, even though you seem to be following it. So it is with the world. It will only ever lead you back to yourself. The end of all your exploring will be to cease from exploration and know the place for the first time.
~Jeanette Winterson


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