Humankind has always looked up to the night sky with a mix of hope and reverence. After all, if not for the stargazers and constellations we would never have left the safety of our homes to explore, sail the seas, and fall in love with the heavens. It’s no wonder, then, that the stars and heavens have been the subject of art and literary giants for centuries. Whether you’re a believer in their mystical power (hello, astrology!) or are more pragmatic in your approach (hello, Neil deGrasse Tyson!), there’s an insightful and memorable star quote or a saying to suit every mood and whim.
Luckily, we’ve rounded up the most famous quotes about stars, love, and light for your next Instagram caption, card, or just to help add a little sparkle to your life.
1. “When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
2. “Yours is the light by which my spirit’s born: – you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars.” ― e. e. cummings
3. “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” ― Carl Sagan, Cosmos
4. “Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”
― Sarah Williams, Twilight Hours: A Legacy Of Verse
5. “Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
6. “I like the night. Without the dark, we’d never see the stars.” ― Stephenie Meyer, Twilight
7. “I like the stars. It’s the illusion of permanence, I think. I mean, they’re always flaring up and caving in and going out. But from here, I can pretend…I can pretend that things last. I can pretend that lives last longer than moments. Gods come, and gods go. Mortals flicker and flash and fade. Worlds don’t last; and stars and galaxies are transient, fleeting things that twinkle like fireflies and vanish into cold and dust. But I can pretend…” ― Neil Gaiman, Brief Lives
8. “There’s as many atoms in a single molecule of your DNA as there are stars in the typical galaxy. We are, each of us, a little universe.” ― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos
9. “Each star is a mirror reflecting the truth inside you.” ― Aberjhani, Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry
10. “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” ― Lisa Mantchev, Eyes Like Stars
11. “Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
12. “All we ever see of stars are their old photographs.” ― Alan Moore, Watchmen
13. “Stars, too, were time travelers. How many of those ancient points of light were the last echoes of suns now dead? How many had been born but their light not yet come this far? If all the suns but ours collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realize we were alone? I had always known the sky was full of mysteries— but not until now had I realized how full of them the earth was.” ― Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
14. “We have calcium in our bones, iron in our veins, carbon in our souls, and nitrogen in our brains. 93 percent stardust, with souls made of flames, we are all just stars that have people names.” ― Nikita Gill
15. “A philosopher once asked, ‘Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?’ Pointless, really… ‘Do the stars gaze back?’ Now, that’s a question.” ― Neil Gaiman, Stardust
16. “Not just beautiful, though — the stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they’re watching me.” ― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
17. “We all shine on… like the moon and the stars and the sun… we all shine on… come on and on and on…” ― John Lennon
18. “Do not complain beneath the stars about the lack of bright spots in your life.” ― Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
19. “Non est ad astra mollis e terris via” – “There is no easy way from the earth to the stars” ― Seneca
20. “You are damaged and broken and unhinged. But so are shooting stars and comets.” ― Nikita Gill
21. “The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.” ― Carl Sagan
22. “In your life, you will meet shooting stars. You will see them, make your wish and see them disappear.” ― Nahiar Ozar
23. “What are we but shooting stars, hoping to shine long enough to make at least one soul believe in the magic.” ― Sherry Namdeo
24. “I wish upon a glimmering star,
My hopes as distant and as far.
So if this wish does not come true,
I’m thankful for the few that do.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich, Making Wishes: Quotes, Thoughts, & a Little Poetry for Every Day of the Year
25. “Don’t whisper your wishes to faraway stars,
shout them boldly at the sun.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich, Being Bold: Quotes, Poetry, & Motivations for Every Day of the Year
26. “When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you.” — Jiminy Cricket
27. “Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” – Theodore Roosevelt
28. “A sky as pure as water bathed the stars and brought them out.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
29. “For my part, I know nothing with any certainty,
but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” – Vincent Van Gogh
30. “The stars are the land-marks of the universe.” – Sir John Frederick William Herschel
31. “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” – William Shakespeare
32. “I love the stars.
Because they can’t say anything.
I love the stars.
Because they do not judge anyone.” – Natsuki Takaya
33. “New stars offer to the mind a phenomenon more surprising,
and less explicable, than almost any other in the science of astronomy.” – George Adams
34. “I will love the light for it shows me the way;
yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars.” – Augustine “Og” Mandino
35. “Look at the stars. See their beauty.
And in that beauty, see yourself.” – Draya Mooney
36. “Maybe that’s what life is…
a wink of the eye and winking stars.” – Jack Kerouac
37. “There wouldn’t be a sky full of stars if we were all meant to wish on the same one.” – Frances Clark
38. “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
39. “May all the stars hang bright above her dwelling,
Silent as though they watched the sleeping earth!” — Samuel Taylor Coleridge
40. “It shows you exactly how a star is formed;
nothing else can be so pretty!
A cluster of vapor, the cream of the milky way,
a sort of celestial cheese, churned into light.” — Benjamin Disraeli