100+ Stellar Stargazing Quotes to Brighten Your Night

Milky Way and Stars above a forest scene

A dark sky full of twinkling stars is one of Mother Nature’s most impressive works of art. Let these 100+ stellar stargazing quotes motivate you to plan a stargazing adventure and inspire your photo and Instagram captions.

Stars have long been a source of inspiration and wonder. From ancient civilizations, which used the stars for navigation and timekeeping, to modern-day star gazers who continue to study and marvel at the vastness of the universe, the heavens above have awed humanity since the beginning of time.

These thought-provoking and inspiring quotes about stargazing have been gathered from some of history’s greatest minds, including poets, scientists, philosophers, and astronauts. Whether you admire the night skies through a sophisticated telescope or with your naked eye, I hope you will find them as brilliant as the North Star on a clear night under a new moon.


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Inspirational Star Quotes

“Even if you miss, you’ll still land among the stars.”
– Norman Vincent Peale, American Protestant clergyman

“Working together, tiny stars light the universe. That’s the power of teamwork.”
– Unknown

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.
Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.
And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.
It matters that you don’t just give up.”
– Stephen Hawking, English theoretical physicist and author

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.“
– William Shakespeare, English playwright, poet, and actor

“Each star is a mirror reflecting the truth inside you.“
– Aberjhani, American historian and novelist

“There wouldn’t be a sky full of stars if we were all meant to wish on the same one.”
– Frances Clark, American pianist

“Look at the stars. See their beauty.
And in that beauty, see yourself.“
– Draya Mooney, author

“So let us then try to climb the mountain, not by stepping on what is below us, but to pull us up at what is above us, for my part at the stars.”
— M. C. Escher, Dutch graphic artist

“Let the waters settle and you will see the moon and the stars mirrored in your own being.”
— Rumi, Islamic philosopher

“Be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars.”
— Max Ehrmann, American writer, poet, and attorney

“Those are the same stars, and that is the same moon, that look down upon your brothers and sisters, and which they see as they look up to them, though they are ever so far away from us, and each other.”
– Sojourner Truth, American abolitionist

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
– Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor

“It’s the kind of kiss that inspires stars to climb into the sky and light up the world.”
– Tahereh Mafi, American author

“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.”
– Helen Keller, American author and disability rights advocate

Dreamy Star Quotes

“For my part, I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.“
Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch Post-Impressionist painter

“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.“
– Theodore Roosevelt, American conservationist and 26th president of the United States

“Gaze up at the stars knowing that I see the same sky and wish the same sweet dreams.”
— Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English poet

“Oft in the tranquil hour of night, When stars illume the sky, I gaze upon each orb of light, And wish that thou wert by.”
— George Linley, English verse writer and musical composer

“How lovely are the portals of the night, when stars come out to watch the daylight die.”
– Thomas Cole, American landscape painter

“Between two worlds life hovers like a star, twixt night and morn, upon the horizon’s verge.”
– Lord Byron, English poet

“May all the stars hang bright above her dwelling, Silent as though they watched the sleeping earth!”
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet, philosopher, and theologian

“There is no glory in star or blossom till looked upon by a loving eye; There is no fragrance in April breezes till breathed with joy as they wander by.”
– William Cullen Bryant, American poet, journalist, and editor

“If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and stare.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson, American writer, philosopher, and abolitionist

“At night, when the sky is full of stars and the sea is still you get the wonderful sensation that you are floating in space.”
– Natalie Wood, American actress

“You cannot look up at the night sky on the Planet Earth and not wonder what it’s like to be up there amongst the stars. And I always look up at the moon and see it as the single most romantic place within the cosmos.”
– Tom Hanks, American actor

“A poet is a man who puts up a ladder to a star and climbs it while playing a violin.”
– Edmond de Goncourt, French author

“A sky full of stars, and he was staring at her.”
– Atticus, anonymous poet

Quotes About Reaching for the Stars

“The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.”
— Maya Angelou, American writer and civil rights activist

“Prometheus is reaching out for the stars with an empty grin on his face.”
– Arthur Koestler, Hungarian-born author and journalist

“This is the result of six billion years of evolution. Tonight, we have given the lie to gravity. We have reached for the stars.”
– Ray Bradbury, American author and screenwriter

“Of all tools, an observatory is the most sublime. . . . What is so good in a college as an observatory? The sublime attaches to the door and to the first stair you ascent, that this is the road to the stars.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson, American writer, philosopher, and abolitionist

“Even if we never reach the stars by our own efforts, in the millions of years that lie ahead it is almost certain that the stars will come to us.”
– Arthur C. Clarke

“Drag me to the moon, to catch a star and seize its brilliance as I’m swept up in amorphous dust.”
– Bradley Chicho

“I’m a dreamer. I have to dream and reach for the stars, and if I miss a star then I grab a handful of clouds.”
– Mike Tyson

“Stretching his hand up to reach the stars, too often man forgets the flowers at his feet.”
– Jeremy Bentham

Second star to the right and straight on ‘til the morning.”
– Peter Pan

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Star Quotes That Make You Think

“You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche

“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

“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, American astronomer and astrophysicist

“Just as the water reflects the stars and the moon, the body reflects the mind and soul.”
— Rumi, Islamic philosopher

“I know the stars are my home. I learned about them, needed them for survival in terms of navigation. I know where I am when I look up at the sky. I know where I am when I look up at the Moon; it’s not just some abstract romantic idea, it’s something very real to me. See, I’ve expanded my home.”
– Gene Cernan, American engineer and astronaut

“I like to consider myself a star – a star, that when you look in the sky, it’s always there. And on a clear night… a shooting star comes by, and you get a little thrill, and you make a little wish. You need both types of stars, the shooting and the constant stars. The heavens include them all.”
– James Belushi, American actor

“I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”
— Sarah Williams, English poet and novelist

“One of the great things about stargazing is that it’s immediately at hand for so many people. You know, you could get into scuba diving or bird watching, but the stars are always up there.”
– Tim Ferriss, American entrepreneur, investor, and author

Person Looking Up at Starry Sky

“I love the stars.
Because they can’t say anything.
I love the stars.
Because they do not judge anyone.”
– Natsuki Takaya, Japanese artist

“Sitting back in the evening, stargazing, and stroking your dog, is an infallible remedy.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson, American writer, philosopher, and abolitionist

“The stars are the landmarks of the universe.“
— Sir John Frederick William Herschel, English mathematician and astronomer

“Maybe that’s what life is…a wink of the eye and winking stars.“
– Jack Kerouac, American novelist and poet

“Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.“
– J.R.R. Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings

“We have calcium in our bones, iron in our veins, carbon in our souls, and nitrogen in our brains, 93% stardust, with souls made of flames, we are all just stars that have people’s names.“
— Nikita Gill, British-Indian poet, playwright, and illustrator

“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”
— Martin Luther King Jr., American Baptist minister and civil rights activist

“New stars offer to the mind a phenomenon more surprising, and less explicable, than almost any other in the science of astronomy.”
– George Adams, American jazz musician

“May all the stars hang bright above her dwelling, Silent as though they watched the sleeping earth!”
— Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet, philosopher, and theologian

“It’s dazzling, but the light is from tens of thousands of years ago. Maybe the star doesn’t even exist anymore. Yet sometimes that light seems more real to me than anything.”
— Haruki Murakami, Japanese writer

Woman Looking Up at Stars in Sky

“If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.”
— Rabindranath Tagore, Bengali writer, philosopher, and painter

“If people looked at the stars each night, they’d live a lot differently. When you look into infinity, you realize that there are more important things than what people do all day.”
– Bill Watterson, American cartoonist

“I have long thought that anyone who does not regularly – or ever – gaze up and see the wonder and glory of a dark night sky filled with countless stars loses a sense of their fundamental connectedness to the universe.”
— Brian Greene, American theoretical physicist and mathematician

“The contemplation of celestial things will make a man both speak and think more sublimely and magnificently when he descends to human affairs.”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman statesman and philosopher

“Unknowingly, we plow the dust of stars, blown about us by the wind, and drink the universe in a glass of rain.”
– Ihab Hassan, Egyptian-American writer

“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, English author

“I would spend hours and hours gazing at the stars and wondering, what’s out there? Sometimes I wondered if maybe there was another girl like me on another planet someplace gazing at the stars and thinking about the same things.”
– Anousheh Ansari, Iranian-American engineer and spaceflight participant

“In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.”
– Robert Green Ingersoll, American lawyer, writer, and orator

Person Taking Photos of Night Sky

“When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.”
– John Muir, Scottish-American naturalist

“What Is Love? I have met in the streets a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, the water passed through his shoes and the stars through his soul.”
– Victor Hugo, French writer

“What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?”
– E. M. Forster, English author

“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, British politician

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Inspiring Night Sky Captions for Instagram

  • A certain darkness is needed to see the stars
  • Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.
  • As darkness descends, gaze at the sky – stars shimmer like confetti for your soul
  • Baby, you’re a star
  • Be humble, for you are made of earth. Be noble, for you are made of stars.
  • Catch me under the stars
  • Close your eyes and open your mind
  • ‘Cause in a sky full of stars, I think I saw you
  • Cuddle, stargaze, and chill
  • Dancing light, we’re made of starlight
  • Do you see a falling star?
  • Dreaming upward with my favorite stargazing partner
  • Drinking in a moonlit night
  • Enjoying a star-studded evening
  • Eyes on the stars
  • Getting lost in the stars
  • Go out and paint the stars
  • How long will I love you? As long as stars are above.
  • I just need a little space
  • I love you more than all the stars in the sky
  • I wanna sit on the rooftop with someone at 3 am, just gazing at the stars
  • If you can point out a constellation, I will be impressed
  • If you need a stargazing partner, I’m right here
  • If you’ll be my star, I’ll be your sky
  • I’ve loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night
  • Keep calm and look at the stars
  • Keep calm and wish upon a star
  • Keeping my feet on the ground while gazing at the stars
  • Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars
  • Let the stars be your guide
  • Let’s grab a blanket, run away, and watch the stars
  • Look at the stars, see how they shine for you
  • Maybe I belong among the stars
  • More stars than Hollywood
  • Mother Nature doesn’t need a filter
  • My favorite place to be is under the stars
  • Never stop looking up
  • No sight is more provocative of awe than is the night sky
  • OK, Mother Nature, you didn’t need to flex that hard
  • Over the moon for you
  • Pick a flower on Earth and you move the farthest star
  • Sending this selfie to NASA because we’re a couple of stars
  • Shine like the stars
  • Shoot for the stars
  • Snuggled under a blanket of stars
  • Space is lit
  • Stars are little holes in the floor of heaven
  • The darkest nights produce the brightest star
  • The stars are the street lights of eternity
  • Tonight was out of this world
  • Under a sky full of stars, you’re the brightest light in my life
  • Watching for shooting stars
  • We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars
  • We are all stars, and we deserve to twinkle
  • We look up at the stars and each see different things
  • We’ll be counting stars
  • What a bright idea
  • When it rains, look for rainbows. When it’s dark, look for stars.
  • When life knocks you down, roll over and look at the stars
  • Wish list: gaze at the stars with you
  • Wishing upon a star
  • You and I were written in the stars
  • You’re a brand new sky to hang the stars upon tonight
  • You’re an ever-present star in my life
  • You’re a sky full of stars
  • You’re never too old to wish upon a star
  • You must be my lucky star, ‘cause you shine on me wherever you are

What’s Your Favorite Stargazing Quote?

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