„Star Trek speaks to some basic human needs: that there is a tomorrow — it's not all going to be over with a big flash and a bomb; that the human race is improving; that we have things to be proud of as humans.“
Interview (20 September 1988), included in Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 5, DVD 7, "Mission Logs: Year Five", "A Tribute to Gene Roddenberry", 0:26:09)
Kontext: Star Trek speaks to some basic human needs: that there is a tomorrow — it's not all going to be over with a big flash and a bomb; that the human race is improving; that we have things to be proud of as humans. No, ancient astronauts did not build the pyramids — human beings built them, because they're clever and they work hard. And Star Trek is about those things.
„And off we go, out onto the highway looking for a little fun. Perhaps a flatbed truck loaded with human cadavers will explode in front of a Star Trek reunion. One can only dream and hope.“
— George Carlin, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?
Zdroj: When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?
„This is the great day. This is the greatest event in all the history of the human race, up to this time. That is — today is New Year's Day of the Year One. If we don't change the calendar, historians will do so. The human race — this is our change, our puberty rite, bar mitzvah, confirmation, from the change of our infancy into adulthood for the human race. And we're going to go on out, not only to the Moon, to the stars; we're going to spread. I don't know that the United States is going to do it; I hope so. I have — I'm an American myself; I want it to be done by us. But in any case, the human race is going to do it, it's utterly inevitable: we're going to spread through the entire universe.“
— Robert A. Heinlein American science fiction author 1907 - 1988
In a live interview with Walter Cronkite of CBS News, on the day of the first moonwalk (20 July 1969)
„Don’t fool yourself that you are going to have it all. You are not. Psychologically, having it all is not even a valid concept. The marvelous thing about human beings is that we are perpetually reaching for the stars. The more we have, the more we want. And for this reason, we never have it all.“
— Joyce Brothers Joyce Brothers 1927 - 2013
The Successful Woman : How You Can Have a Career, a Husband, and a Family — and Not Feel Guilty About It (1988), p. 18
„In Harvest of Stars, there is this notion, not original with me of course, that it will become possible to download at least the basic aspects of a human personality into a machine program…“
— Poul Anderson American science fiction and fantasy writer 1926 - 2001
„In some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.“
— Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968
1960s, Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963)
Zdroj: The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Kontext: Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear-drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.
„When I was a kid and saw Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope for the first time, it blew my mind and around the same time, I had friends who were huge fans of Star Trek and I don’t know if I was smart enough to get it, or patient enough. What I loved about Star Wars was the visceral energy of it, the clarity of it, the kind of innocence and big heart of it. Star Trek always felt a little bit more sophisticated and philosophical, debating moral dilemmas and things that were theoretically interesting, but for some reason I couldn’t get on board. It really took working with all these guys and actually working on Star Trek for me to fall in love with that.“
— J. J. Abrams American film and television producer and director 1966
Pirelli interview (2015)
„The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of the human race than the discovery of a star.“
— Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin French lawyer, politician and writer 1755 - 1826
Zdroj: The Physiology of Taste: Or, Meditations on Transcendental Gastronomy
„Star Trek represented, and still does represent, the future we can have, a future that is beyond the petty squabbles we are dealing with here on Earth, now as much as ever, and are able to devote ourselves to the betterment of all human kind by doing what we do so well: explore. This kind of a future isn't impossible - and we need to all rethink our priorities to really bring that vision to life.“
— Nichelle Nichols American actress, singer and voice artist 1932
Uhura Fest: 'Star Trek' legend Nichelle Nichols talks Wizard World Philly and transcending race http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/geek/Uhura-Star-Trek-Nichelle-Nichols-Wizard-World-Philly.html (May 29, 2017)
„They cannot scare me with their empty spaces
Between stars—on stars where no human race is.
I have it in me so much nearer home
To scare myself with my own desert places.“
— Robert Frost American poet 1874 - 1963
Zdroj: The Poetry of Robert Frost
„I think the kids always they look forward to be always the big stars. Not only football, any profession. They want to be the best, singer, they want to be the best political, only the stars. But I think sometime the life give you opportunity, and long to be a big star, but you don’t need to be a big star, you need to be beautiful, excellent man. Human being. This is the first.“
— Pelé Brazilian association football player 1940
„I don't think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet. But I'm an optimist. We will reach out to the stars.“
— Stephen Hawking British theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author 1942 - 2018
"Colonies in space may be only hope, says Hawking" by Roger Highfield in Daily Telegraph (16 October 2001).
„Maybe when all was said and done, the imagination was the most powerful of all weapons. It was the imagination of the human race that had allowed it to dream of a life beyond cold caves and of a possible future in the stars.“
— Dean Koontz American author 1945
Zdroj: Winter Moon
„The human race, my intuition tells me, is not outside the cosmic process and is not an accident. It is as much a part of the universe as the trees, the mountains, the aurora, and the stars.“
— Richard Evelyn Byrd Medal of Honor recipient and United States Navy officer 1888 - 1957
Zdroj: Alone (1938), Ch. 6
— Mel Brooks American director, writer, actor, and producer 1926
„I claim credit for nothing. Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for the insect as well as for the star. Human beings, vegetables or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible player.“
— Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
1920s, Viereck interview (1929)
„As a lamp, a cataract, a star in space
an illusion, a dewdrop, a bubble
a dream, a cloud, a flash of lightning
view all created things like this.“
— Red Pine American author, poet, and translator of poetry 1943
Zdroj: The Diamond Sutra
— Jack Kerouac, kniha The Dharma Bums
Zdroj: The Dharma Bums
— Alfred, Lord Tennyson, kniha Ulysses
Zdroj: Ulysses (1842), l. 22-32
Kontext: How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
To rust unburnish'd, not to shine in use!
As tho' to breath were life. Life piled on life
Were all too little, and of one to me
Little remains: but every hour is saved
From that eternal silence, something more,
A bringer of new things; and vile it were
For some three suns to store and hoard myself,
And this gray spirit yearning in desire
To follow knowledge like a sinking star,
Beyond the utmost bound of human thought.
„The sun and the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago…had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.“
— H. Havelock Ellis British physician, writer, and social reformer 1859 - 1939
Zdroj: The Dance of Life http://www.gutenberg.net.au/ebooks03/0300671.txt (1923), Ch. 7