Science Fiction Art by David C. Mueller / dcmstarships

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The Artist’s Favorite Inspiring Quotes

Carl Sagan on OUR FUTURE IN SPACE from PALE BLUE DOT

We were hunters and foragers.  The frontier was everywhere. We were bounded only by the earth, and the ocean, and the sky.  The open road still softly calls.  Our little terraqueous globe is the madhouse of those hundred-thousand millions of worlds.  We who cannot even put our own planetary house in order, riven with rivalries and hatreds, are we to venture into outer space? . . .

By the time we are ready to settle even the nearest other planetary systems, we will have changed.  The simple passage of so many generations will have changed us.  And necessity will have changed us.  We are an adaptable species . . .

It will not be we who reach Alpha Centauri and the other nearby stars.  It will be a species very like us, but with more of our strengths and fewer of our weaknesses: more confident, far-seeing, capable and prudent . . .

For all our failings, despite our limitations and fallibilities, we humans are capable of greatness.  What new wonders undreamt of in our time will we have wrought in another generation, and another?  How far will our nomadic species have wandered by the end of the next century, and the next millennium?. . .

Our remote descendants, safely arrayed on many worlds through the solar system and beyond, will be unified; by their common heritage, by their regard for their home planet, and by the knowledge that whatever other life may be, the only humans in all the universe come from Earth . . .

They will gaze up and strain to find the pale blue dot in their skies.  They will marvel at how vulnerable the repository of all our potential once was, how perilous our infancy, how humble our beginnings, how many rivers we had to cross before we found our way.

HAVING FORWARD-LOOKING IDEAS by Bruce Lloyd

If you are going to have ideas ahead of the times, you will have to get used to living with the fact that most people are going to believe you are wrong.

PRESS ON by US President Calvin Coolidge

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

THE POWER OF COMMITMENT by W H. Murray

Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issue from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.

I have learned a, deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin, it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

ONE SMALL STAR Song Lyrics by John McDermontt from his CD “REMEMBRANCE”

When I need to feel you near me,
I stand in this quiet place.
The silver light of countless stars,
falling on my face.
Though they all burn so brightly,
somehow it comforts me to know that some who burned the brightest,
died an eternity ago.

But your light still shines,
it’s one small star to guide me,
and to help me hold back the dark.
Your light still shining,
in my heart.

I’am learning how to live without you,
and I never, thought I would.

And even how to smile again,
I never thought I would.
And to cherish your hearts memories,
that can bring to life,
some caress me gently
and some cut me like you back a knife.

But your light still shines,
it’s one small star to guide me
and to help me hold back the dark.
Your light still shining,
in my heart.

Can your soul be out there somewhere,
beyond the infinity of time.
I guess you found some answers now,
I’ll have to wait for mine,
till my light joins with yours one day,
we’ll shine through time and space,
and one day fall on a distant place
and on some stranger’s face.

But your light still shines,
it’s one small star to guide me
and to help me hold back the dark.
Your light still shining,
in my heart.

Gene Roddenberry on LIFE AFTER DEATH

Considering the marvelous complexity of our universe, its clockwork perfection balancing this against that, matter, energy, gravitation, time, dimension, happening, I believe that our existence must mean more than either of those choices (the traditional concept of an afterlife vs. black nothingness).  I prefer to believe that what we are goes beyond Euclidian and other practical measuring systems in ways we cannot yet fathom.  Our existence is part of a reality beyond what we understand now as reality.

SELECTIONS FROM RECORD ALBUM INSIDE STAR TREK by Gene Roddenberry

Quote #1

. . . reality is incredibly larger, infinitely more exciting, than the flesh and blood vehicle we travel in here. If you read science fiction, the more you read it the more you realize that you and the universe are part of the same thing. Science knows still practically nothing about the real nature of matter, energy, dimension, or time; and even less about those remarkable things called life and thought. But whatever the meaning and purpose of this universe, you are a legitimate part of it. And since you are part of the all that is, part of its purpose, there is more to you than just this brief speck of existence. You are just a visitor here in this time and this place, a traveler through it.

What a difference that makes. As a traveler here it no longer crushes you that this world is not always fair, or orderly, or understandable. Your passport allows you to fix what you can, to love, to refuse to take part in ugliness. But meanwhile you are delighted that it is such a varied, colorful, exciting place. As a traveler you are not here to judge but to experience. You begin to feel a new affection for the life forms here. You no longer feel threatened that some may be greater or lesser than you. It is only important that you have been given this marvelous opportunity to enjoy this trip, to learn from it, and in my case write about it.

Perhaps you know where I am leading. On a trip like this, and it is a trip, it loveliness is not in the sameness of people and things, but in their incredible variety. Eventually this led me to the Star Trek statement IDIC: Infinite Diversity from Infinite Combinations. Thank Whatever created us we are different, each of us and everything around us. To the end of time, if it ever does end, no combination will ever come up quite the same. That is quite a travel package.

All of this is how Star Trek began, and it is also something of what it is about. I am an alien and so are you. And yet, this is the loveliest thing of all, somehow we are also part of each other, and everything that is.

Quote #2

Ultimate power, as you know, is one simple thing, the control and manipulation of minds.

Quote #3

We believe that the often ridiculed mass audience is sick of this world’s petty nationalism and all its old ways and old hatreds, and that people are not only willing, but anxious to think beyond those petty beliefs that have for some long kept mankind divided.

Quote #4

The whole show (Star Trek) was an attempt to say that humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate but to take a special delight in ideas and differences in life forms. We tried to say that the worst possible thing that can happen to all of us is for the future to somehow press us into a common mold where we begin to act, and talk, and look, and think alike. If we cannot learn to actually enjoy those small differences between our own kind on this planet, then we do not deserve to go out into space and meet the diversity that is almost for certain out there . . .

. . . For Star Trek proves, as faulty as individual episodes could be, is that the much maligned common man and common woman has an enormous hunger for brotherhood, they are ready for the 23rd century now, and they are light years ahead of their petty governments and their visionless leaders.

AS THIS DAY BEGINS by Unknown

O Holy Spirit of God,
visit now this soul of mine,
and tarry within it until eventide.
Inspire all my thoughts.
Pervade all my imaginations.
Suggest all my decisions.
Lodge in my will’s most inward citadel,
and order all my doings.
Be with me in my silence and in my speech,
in my haste and in my leisure,
in company and in solitude,
in the freshness of the morning,
and in the weariness of the evening;
and give me grace at all times
to rejoice
in Thy mysterious companionship.

HIGH FLIGHT by John Gillespie Magee, Jr. (killed in the Battle of Britain at age 19)

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds, and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of, wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there, I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air. Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace Where never lark, or even eagle flew And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod The high untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

YOU ARE HERE BY CHOICE by Unknown

Just think, you’re here, not by chance, but by God’s choosing. His hand formed you and made you the person you are. He compares you to no one else – you are one of a kind. You lack nothing that His grace cannot give you. He has allowed you to be here at this time in history, to fulfill His special purpose for this generation.

SELECTIONS FROM PRAYERS TO AN EVOLUTIONARY GOD by William Cleary

Quote #1 on p. 56

Holy Source of all, it is suggested by scientists that wherever there is light, there is life, that light and heat are mysteriously life-producing. Others add that life naturally evolves toward affectivity and intelligence. Such a possibility helps make sense of our universe. Were it true, then exciting worlds of life might surround us out in the distant reaches of space, linked to us in a cosmic web of light. If stars and galaxies are made of the same substances as is our earth, aren’t they necessarily also made, like ours, of evolving intelligences and persons? Do those minds in outer space wonder about us, as we do about them? Have we even somehow a common destiny, some great in-gathering at the end of it all, an encounter and communion of personalized spirits from every corner of the universe? Our human longing is that such cosmic companions do exist, and if they do not, then, limitlessly imaginative Spirit-Womb of us all, please create them. Amen.

Quote #2 on p. 138

The unknown lies all around me, Holy Creator Mystery, my God: and nothing more is unknown than Yourself: Your name, Your dreams, Your evolutionary purposes. It is in puzzling over the meaning of my existence that I often find my way to You. Why do I exist? It may seem that I exist because I am an idea, a story, You love. That is plausible, but is there more? In my creativity, am I a co-inventor of the future, sharing with You in shaping the world, in wondering appreciatively at the cosmos? Is my existence temporary-as it appears or immortal-as I sometimes hope? I have a longing to understand these mysteries. This longing empowers me to search, and through that energy of longing I often discover a sense of Your guiding presence. I give thanks for the unremitting will-to-meaning I have: it empowers my heart and makes my faith in You, Holy Parenting Spirit, possible and inevitable. Amen.

Quote #3 on p. 152

Your larger story, holy God, gives me a new cosmic perspective. What happens to me in life is not a final consideration. My personal “judgment day” is not ultimate: I am a part of a greater drama, and I have a meaningful, if small, role to play in it. May Your evolutionary dream for this earth come true as it surely will, irresistible Creator. May Your loving reign prevail, as many prophets have prayed and taught others to pray. I hand over my own story to the Universe Story unfolding around me, and rejoice to find my meaning there, believing that, in the greater picture, all shall be well, even magnificent, in the end. Amen.

Quote #4 on p. 166

I give thanks, Holy Mystery, to have a part in this evolutionary phenomenon, and to strive for communion with all life, however diverse and bewildering, to be alive and conscious in the midst of an unfolding universe whose existence stretches back an almost unthinkable passage of time, across an almost inconceivable ocean of space. To know my own true name this day is to recognize myself to be Your creature, Your child, Your very hope and promise, and to pledge myself as faithfully as I can to celebrate my part in this colossal drama with passion and humility. Amen.

QUOTE FROM THE WORLD ORDER OF BAHA’U’LLAH by Shoghi Effendi

The long ages of infancy and childhood, through which the human race had to pass, have receded into the background. Humanity is now experiencing the commotions invariably associated with the most turbulent stage of its evolution, the stage of adolescence, when the impetuosity of youth and its vehemence reach their climax, and must gradually be superseded by the calmness, the wisdom, and the maturity that characterize the stage of manhood. Then will the human race reach that stature of ripeness which will enable it to acquire all the powers and capacities upon which its ultimate development must depend. – page 202

QUOTE FROM THE PROMISED DAY IS COME by Shoghi Effendi

The Faith standing identified with the name of Bahá’u’lláh disclaims any intention to belittle any of the Prophets gone before Him, to whittle down any of their teachings, to obscure, however slightly, the radiance of their Revelations, to oust them from the hearts of their followers, to abrogate the fundamentals of their doctrines, to discard any of their revealed Books, or to suppress the legitimate aspirations of their adherents.  Repudiating the claim of any religion to be the final revelation of God to man, disclaiming finality for His own Revelation, Bahá’u’lláh inculcates the basic principle of the relativity of religious truth, the continuity of Divine Revelation, the progressiveness of religious experience.  His aim is to widen the basis of all revealed religions and to unravel the mysteries of their scriptures.  He insists on the unqualified recognition of the unity of their purpose, restates the eternal verities they enshrine, coordinates their functions, distinguishes the essential and the authentic from the nonessential and spurious in their teachings, separates the God-given truths from the priest-prompted superstitions, and on this as a basis proclaims the possibility, and even prophecies the inevitability, of their unification, and the consummation of their highest hopes. – page 107

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