'We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.'

- T. S. Eliot

'Far away, hidden from the eyes of daylight, there are watchers in the skies."

- Euripides, The Bacchae (ca. 406 B.C.)

Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation?...

While the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?

 

Job 38:4-7 

“Today we still yearn to know why we are here and where we came from. Humanity’s deepest desire for knowledge is justification enough for our continuing quest. And our goal is nothing less than a complete description of the universe we live in.”

 

Excerpt From: Stephen W. Hawking. “A brief history of time.” iBooks. 

There can be no reasonable doubt: the ancient mystery is solved at last. Yet, oh God, there were so many stars you could have used. What was the need to give these people to the fire, that the symbol of their passing might shine above Bethlehem?

-- Arthur C. Clarke 'The Star'

...for the longest journey would merely return them to the place whence they'd come. Centuries of their labor would not reveal to them any more of Creation than they already knew. Yet through their endeavour, men would glimpse the unimaginable artistry of Yahweh's work, in seeing how ingeniously the world had been constructed...Thus would men know their place.

-- Ted Chiang  'Tower of Babylon'

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