Every planet, every tree, every flower, every insect, is the result of sex seeking sex, atom calling atom.
But the language which such a law demands, "a planet is a planet, magnetism is magnetism, mind is mind," deserves to be called silliness.
Long ago the earth was called an animal; but a planet is a higher class of being than either man or animal; not only quantitatively greater, like a vaster and more awkward whale or elephant, but a being whose enormous size requires an altogether different plan of life.
The planet is a wanderer (planes), and the individual planetary destiny can be accomplished only through flight from its source.
The planets, needless to say, were the objects of Herschel's assiduous attention.
The climate is comparatively equable in the Northern hemisphere, the summer of the South being hotter and the winter colder, as the planet is much nearer the Sun during the former.
It is quite certain that our planet was once a very different thing from what it is now; it differed in form, in substance, in compactness, in everything from its present condition.
"And to what planet is my lord a satellite?" "Nay, I know not; thou dost question of one who knows little of astronomy; but I think perhaps Mars, as the planet doth resemble earth more closely than any other.
"The next planet to Mercury is Venus.
Another suggestive remark of his was to the effect that the planets must be self-luminous, as otherwise Mercury and Venus, at any rate, ought to show phases.
Ever since, in childhood, I learnt that the planets were worlds, a visit to one or more of the nearest of them had been my favourite day-dream.
He found the distance of Saturn was about double that of Jupiter, and the distance of Herschel twice that of Saturn; and the probability was that the new planet would be twice the distance of Herschel,and as Herschel's distance is 1,800,000 miles, the new planet's would be 3,600,000.
But a sweep for so distant a planet would be no easy matter.
While Shakespeare in the last Act of The Merchant of Venice makes all the stars vocal, and not the planets only: There's not the smallest orb which thou beholdest But in his motion like an angel sings, Still quiring to the young-eyed cherubims...
The blood-stained planet from which we had escaped was neither the cradle nor the grave of His children.