|The study of the galaxies reveals a universal order and beauty. It also shows us chaotic violence on a scale hitherto undreamed of. That we live in a universe which permits life is remarkable. That we live in one which destroys galaxies and stars and worlds is also remarkable. The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent to the concerns of such puny creatures as we.
– Carl Sagan (1934-1996)
|Galaxies are so big that once you get up to their scale, the universe starts to take on an almost country-cottage intimacy.
– Timothy Ferris (1944-)