"Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in me adore Him!

All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him."

Joachim Neander

"When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? ...Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of they hands...All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea...O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!"  (Psalm 8:3-4, 6-9).

"Two great men, one a scientist, the other a statesman:  William Beebe, ornithologist, marine biologist and explorer; and Theodore Rossevelt, U.S. president and naturalist, had a routine they followed to keep one another humble.  The two friends would go outside and search the night sky for the constellation Pegasus.  The first to spot a faint light beyond the constellation would recite: 'That is the Spiral Galaxy in Andromeda.  It is one of a hundred million galaxies.  It consists of one hundred billion stars, each larger than our sun.'  Then one would smile and say to the other, 'Now I think we are small enough?"

Excerpted from The Book of Naturalists;  An Anthology of the Best Natural History by William Beebe

"To whom then will ye liken God?...It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants therof are as grasshoppers...Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host of number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth"

(Isaiah 40:18, 22, 26).