The stars above inspire thoughts of perfection. We look up to see constancy, harmony, eternity and above all serenity. Just remember that mud and stardust are ultimately the same thing.

From Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice:

“Sit, Jessica. Look, how the floor of heaven
Is thick inlaid with patines of bright gold:
There’s not the smallest orb which thou behold’st
But in his motion like an angel sings,
Still quiring to the young-eyed cherubins, -
Such harmony is in immortal souls;
But whilst this muddy vesture of decay
Doth grossly close it in, we cannot hear it.”

From Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations:

“Observe the movement of the stars as if you were running their courses with them… Such imaginings will wash away the filth of life on the ground.”

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