5 quotes about stars that will make you eager to gaze at the night sky

February 12, 2015, 1:01 p.m.

The stars have always been fascinating. But in case you've forgotten to take notice of them, here's your inspiration to look up.

“Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven,

Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.”

― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Do not complain beneath the stars about the lack of bright spots in your life.”
― Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson

“I know that I am mortal by nature, and ephemeral. But when I trace at my pleasure the windings to and fro of the heavenly bodies I no longer touch the earth with my feet; I stand in the presence of Zeus himself and take my fill of ambrosia.”
― Ptolemy

“The stars we are given. The constellations we make. That is to say, stars exist in the cosmos, but constellations are the imaginary lines we draw between them, the readings we give the sky, the stories we tell.”
― Rebecca Solnit

“Before we invented civilization our ancestors lived mainly in the open out under the sky. Before we devised artificial lights and atmospheric pollution and modern forms of nocturnal entertainment we watched the stars. There were practical calendar reasons of course but there was more to it than that. Even today the most jaded city dweller can be unexpectedly moved upon encountering a clear night sky studded with thousands of twinkling stars. When it happens to me after all these years it still takes my breath away.”
― Carl Sagan

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Jaymi Heimbuch is a writer and photographer at Mother Nature Network. Follow her on Twitter, Google+ and Facebook.