We [Americans] cheerfully assume that in some mystic way love conquers all, that good outweighs evil in the just balances of the universe and that at the eleventh hour something gloriously triumphant will prevent the worst before it happens.
Once Around The Sun (1951)
The essential function of the universe, which is a machine for making gods
Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous.
Compound interest is the most powerful force in the universe.
I want to know God's thoughts... the rest are details.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.
When I gave a lecture in Japan, I was asked not to mention the possible re-collapse of the universe, because it might affect the stock market. However, I can re-assure anyone who is nervous about their investments that it is a bit early to sell: even if the universe does come to an end, it won't be for at least twenty billion years.
The Beginning of Time (lecture)
You could not step twice into the same rivers; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.
Greek philosopher Quoted in: Hippocrates, On The Universe, aph.41.
Cosmogony and cosmology have always aroused great interest among peoples and religions. The Bible itself speaks to us of the origin of the universe and its make-up, not in order to provide us with a scientific treatise, but in order to state the correct relationships of man with God and with the universe. Sacred Scripture wishes simply to declare that the world was created by God, and in order to teach this truth it expresses itself in the terms of the cosmology in use at the time of the writer. The Sacred Book likewise wishes to tell men that the world was not created as the seat of the gods, as was taught by other cosmogonies and cosmologies, but was rather created for the service of man and the glory of God. Any other teaching about the origin and make-up of the universe is alien to the intentions of the Bible, which does not wish to teach how heaven was made but how one goes to heaven.
October 3, 1981 to the Pontifical Academy of Science
The great scientists, as all great men, have not been concerned with fame. The joy of achievement that comes from finding something new in the universe is by far their greatest joy. A great research scientist is constantly discovering new things in his field. This is his reward. He knows how to spend long years in preparation and long hours in investigation, with no thought of public honor or reward.
If you wanted to build the most powerful computer you could, you can't do better than including everything in the universe that's potentially available.
For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.
The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.
The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent.
God is the indwelling and not the transient cause of all things.