|In the visible world, the Milky Way is a tiny fragment; within this fragment, the solar system is an infinitesimal speck, and of this speck our planet is a microscopic dot.
On this dot, tiny lumps of impure carbon and water, of complicated structure, with somewhat unusual physical and chemical properties, crawl about for a few years, until they are dissolved again into the elements of which they are compounded.
– Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)
|The four-quarters of the globe are no longer Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, but Carbon, Oxygen, Hydrogen, and Nitrogen.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
|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 star stuff.
– Carl Sagan (1934-1996)
|The various reasons which we have enumerated lead us to believe that the new radioactive substance contains a new element to which we propose to give the name of radium.
– Marie Curie (1867-1934)