Thou Quotes (4 quotes)
Holding then to science with one handthe left handwe give the right hand to religion, and cry: Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things, more wondrous than the shining worlds can tell. Obedient to the promise, religion does awaken faculties within us, does teach our eyes to the beholding of more wonderful things. Those great worlds blazing like suns die like feeble stars in the glory of the morning, in the presence of this new light. The soul knows that an infinite sea of love is all about it, throbbing through it, everlasting arms of affection lift it, and it bathes itself in the clear consciousness of a Fathers love.
It may be true, that as Francis Thompson noted, Thou canst not stir a flower without troubling a star, but in computing the motion of stars and planets, the effects of flowers do not loom large. It is the disregarding of the effect of flowers on stars that allows progress in astronomy. Appropriate abstraction is critical to progress in science.
Let me arrest thy thoughts; wonder with me, why plowing, building, ruling and the rest, or most of those arts, whence our lives are blest, by cursed Cains race invented be, and blest Seth vexed us with Astronomy.
Ponder all things, and stablish high thy mind.