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Famous Quotes About Infinity:

These are some of my favorite quotes, proverbs and poems found in literature, philosophy and science & nature relating to the concept of infinity. Some are humorous, some are inspirational—but always thought-provoking—Enjoy! Gene
This Thing, Infinity

Thinking beyond thought, being of non-being,
Certainty without reason and vision beyond seeing.
Everything and nothing, both infinite and finite. 
Where nothing escapes or travels beyond light. 
A time without end, when all exists for all eternity;
Fascinating paradox, this thing called infinity. 
An end without an ending, 
From here to eternity, and back to the beginning; 
An endless sojourn
From which there is no return.
For, there was, and yet, never is a beginning,
And there never will be an ending;
Only, an end, continually becoming.

~ Gene Margolis ~


"High up in the North in the land called Svithjod, there stands a rock.
It is a hundred miles high and a hundred miles wide.
Once every thousand years a little bird comes to this rock to sharpen its beak.
When the rock has thus been worn away, then a single day of eternity will have gone by."
The Story of Mankind by, Hendrik van Loon


"The infinite! No other question has ever moved so profoundly the spirit of man."
David Hilbert

"Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp--or what's a heaven for?" – Robert Browning

"The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible."
Albert Einstein

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity,
and I'm not sure about the former." – Albert Einstein

"Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped." – Elbert Hubbard

"There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by its own curvature,
but stupidity continues beyond infinity." – Gene Wolfe

"Power of mind is infinite while brawn is limited." – Koichi Tohei

"Our minds are finite, and yet even in these circumstances of finitude we are surrounded by possibilities that are infinite, and the purpose of life is to grasp as much as we can out of that infinitude." – Alfred North Whitehead

"It is difficult beyond description to conceive that space can have no end; but it is more difficult to conceive an end. It is difficult beyond the power of man to conceive an eternal duration of what we call time; but it is more impossible to conceive when there shall be no time."
Thomas Paine

The mighty light of ten thousand suns,
Challenges infinity and is soon gone. – Moody Blues

"…a thousand paths and an infinity of dreams. Hopeful, we are halfway to where we want to go hopeless, we are lost forever." – Chinese proverb

"If you stand in one place long enough, the world will come to you." – Chinese proverb

"There are only five notes in the musical scale, but their variations are so many that they cannot all be heard. There are only five basic colors, but their variations are so many that they cannot all be seen. There are only five basic flavors, but their variations are so many that they cannot all be tasted. There are only two kinds of charge in battle, the unorthodox surprise attack and the orthodox direct attack, but variations of the unorthodox and the orthodox are endless. The unorthodox and the orthodox give rise to each other, like a beginningless circle—who could exhaust them?" – Sun Tzu

"Your eyes are always bigger than your stomach." – Confucius

"The more you know, the less you understand." – Tao te Ching

"One plus one is two, but sometimes it’s just one." – Zen saying


From the great Zen Master, –
Yogi Berra:

"You got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there."
"It ain’t over ‘til it’s over."
"It's like deja-vu, all over again."
"It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future."
"It’s pretty far, but it doesn’t seem like it."

Phil Rizzuto: "Hey Yogi, I think we’re lost."
Yogi Berra: "Yeah, but we’re making great time!"


To see a World in a grain of sand,
And a Heaven in a wild flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,
And Eternity in an hour. – William Blake

"If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite."
William Blake

"I cannot help it; in spite of myself, infinity torments me." – Alfred de Musset

"Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity." – Sivananda

"The religious idea of God cannot do full duty for the metaphysical infinity." – Alan Watts

"Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite." – George Bancroft

"Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror." – Kahlil Gibran

"Nature is an infinite sphere of which the center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere."
Blaise Pascal

"For after all what is man in nature? A nothing in relation to infinity, all in relation to nothing, a central point between nothing and all and infinitely far from understanding either. The ends of things and their beginnings are impregnably concealed from him in an impenetrable secret. He is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness out of which he was drawn and the infinite in which he is engulfed." – Blaise Pascal

"It is possible to believe that all the past is but the beginning of a beginning, and that all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn. It is possible to believe that all the human mind has ever accomplished is but the dream before the awakening." – H.G. Wells

"This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But, it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." – Winston Churchill

"About the time we think we can make ends meet, somebody moves the ends." – Herbert Hoover

"Space. The continual becoming: invisible fountain from which all rhythms flow and to which they must pass. Beyond time or infinity." – Frank Lloyd Wright

"The known is finite, the unknown infinite; intellectually we stand on an island in the midst of an illimitable ocean of inexplicability. Our business in every generation is to reclaim a little more land." – T. H. Huxley

"God is the tangential point between zero and infinity." – Alfred Jarry

"There can not be more infinities than one; for one of them would limit the other."
Sir Walter Raleigh

"Is there a number higher than infinity?" "Oh yes, infinity plus shipping and handling."
Johnny Carson

"Don’t touch me, said the tangent line to the curve." – Anonymous

"Anywhere is walking distance, if you've got the time." – Stephen Wright

"Interestingly, according to modern astronomers, space is finite. This is a very comforting thought—particularly for people who can never remember where they have left things."
Woody Allen

"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying."
Woody Allen

"Eternal nothingness is fine if you happen to be dressed for it." – Woody Allen

"It's not that I'm afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens." – Woody Allen

"In my end is my beginning." – T. S. Eliot

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." – Robert Frost

"Forever is composed of nows." – Emily Dickinson

"Forever is a long time." – Anonymous

"It takes a long time to understand nothing." – Edward Dahlberg

"You wonder and you wonder until you wander out into Infinity, where—if it is to be found anywhere—truth really exists." – Marita Bonner

Still round the corner there may wait,  
A new road or a secret gate. – J.R.R. Tolkien

"Seek the Infinite, for that alone is Joy unlimited, imperishable, unfailing, self-sustaining, unconditioned, timeless. When you have this joy, human life becomes a paradise; the light, the grace, the power, the perfections of that which is highest in your inner consciousness, appear in your everyday life." – Swami Omkarananda

"It is good a philosopher should remind himself, now and then, that he is a particle pontificating on infinity." – Ariel Durant

"He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster.
And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." – Nietzsche

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." – Oscar Wilde

"There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want."
Calvin, "Calvin and Hobbes" by, Bill Watterson

"Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish." – Michelangelo

Pope Julius II: "When will you make an end?"
Michelangelo: "When it is finished."

"Success is a journey, not a destination." – Ben Sweetland

It's got to be the goin',
Not the gettin' there that's good. – Harry Chapin

"Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you." – Satchel Paige

"A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg." – Samuel Butler

"If there is no God, who pops up the next Kleenex?" – Hoppe

"For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." – Isaac Newton

"Nothing can come of nothing." – William Shakespeare (King Lear)

"In nature's infinite book of secrecy
A little I can read." – William Shakespeare (Anthony and Cleopatra)

"My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite." – William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)

"O God! I could be bounded in a nutshell,
and count myself king of infinite space,
were it not that I have bad dreams." – William Shakespeare (Hamlet)

A monument to Newton! a monument to Shakespeare! Look up to Heaven look into the Human Heart. Till the planets and the passions the affections and the fixed stars are extinguished their names cannot die. – John Wilson

"To suffering there is a limit; to fearing, none." – Francis Bacon

"Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems."
Rene Decartes

"An undefined problem has an infinite number of solutions." – Robert A. Humphrey

"The knowledge of which geometry aims is the knowledge of the eternal." – Plato

"The whole is more than the sum of its parts." – Aristotle

"Calculus required continuity, and continuity was supposed to require the infinitely little; but nobody could discover what the infinitely little might be." – Bertrand Russell

"A modern branch of mathematics, having achieved the art of dealing with the infinitely small, can now yield solutions in other more complex problems of motion, which used to appear insoluble. This modern branch of mathematics, unknown to the ancients, when dealing with problems of motion, admits the conception of the infinitely small, and so conforms to the chief condition of motion (absolute continuity) and thereby corrects the inevitable error which the human mind cannot avoid when dealing with separate elements of motion instead of examining continuous motion. In seeking the laws of historical movement just the same thing happens. The movement of humanity, arising as it does from innumerable human wills, is continuous. To understand the laws of this continuous movement is the aim of history. Only by taking an infinitesimally small unit for observation (the differential of history, that is, the individual tendencies of man) and attaining to the art of integrating them (that is, finding the sum of these infinitesimals) can we hope to arrive at the laws of history." – Leo Tolstoy (War and Peace)

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe."
John Muir

"In this unbelievable universe in which we live, there are no absolutes. Even parallel lines, reaching into infinity, meet somewhere yonder." – Pearl Buck

A theory of the universe that states: "If anyone finds out what the universe is for, it will disappear and be replaced by something more bizarrely inexplicable." – Douglas Adams

"Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition." – Brooke’s Second Law

"There's never time to do it right, but there's always time to do it over." – Meskimen’s Law

"The amount of work to be done increases in proportion to the amount of work already completed." – Vail’s Second Axiom

"Infinity is one lawyer waiting for another." – Gibb’s Law

"No matter how large the hard disk, the need for space will always exceed the available space by ten percent." – Anonymous

"File names are infinite in length where infinity is set to 255 characters." – Peter Collinson

"The length of debate about a flight maneuver is always inversely proportional to the complexity of maneuver. Thus, if the flight maneuver is simple enough, debate approaches infinity."
Robert Livingston

"When science finally locates the center of the universe, some people will be surprised to learn they're not it." – Anonymous

"The universe is wider than our views of it." – Henry David Thoreau

"You cannot describe it or draw it. You cannot praise it enough or perceive it. No place can be found in which to put the Original Face; it will not disappear even when the universe is destroyed." – Mumon

"If it [the universe] was expanding fairly slowly, the force of gravity would cause it eventually to stop expanding and then to start contracting. However, if it was expanding at more than a certain critical rate, gravity would never be strong enough to stop it, and the universe would continue to expand forever." – Stephen Hawking

"Gravity is so strong that space is bent round onto itself, making it rather like the surface of the earth. If one keeps traveling in a certain direction on the surface of the earth, one never comes up against an impassable barrier or falls over the edge, but eventually comes back to where one started." – Stephen Hawking

"The boundary condition of the universe is that it has no boundary. The universe would be completely self-contained and not affected by anything outside itself. It would neither be created nor destroyed. It would just BE." – Stephen Hawking

"Black holes result from God dividing the universe by zero." – Anonymous

"Sometimes it's useful to know how large your zero is." – Anonymous

"The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible." – Arthur C. Clarke

"Whether outwardly or inwardly, whether in space or time, the farther we penetrate the unknown, the vaster and more marvelous it becomes." – Charles Lindbergh

"Nothing exists except atoms and empty space: everything else is opinion." – Democritus

"Nothing endures but change." – Heraclitus

"Everything changes, nothing remains without change." – Buddha

"How can finite grasp infinity?" – John Dryden

"You can’t get there from here." – Anonymous

"To infinity and beyond." – Anonymous

"From near to infinity…" – Gene Margolis

In ironic summation:

"If any philosopher had been asked for a definition of infinity, he might have produced some unintelligible rigmarole, but he would certainly not have been able to give a definition that had any meaning at all." – Bertrand Russell

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