„Proposition 6. The moon moves (in an orbit) lower than (that of) the sun, and, when it is halved, is distant less than a quadrant from the sun.“

p, 125
On the Sizes and Distances of the Sun and the Moon (c. 250 BC)

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ancient Greek astronomer and mathematician

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„Proposition 9. The diameter of the sun is greater than 18 times, but less than 20 times, the diameter of the moon.“

—  Aristarchus of Samos ancient Greek astronomer and mathematician

p, 125
On the Sizes and Distances of the Sun and the Moon (c. 250 BC)
Variant: Proposition 7. The distance of the sun from the earth is greater than eighteen times, but less than twenty times, the distance of the moon from the earth.

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„Proposition 15. The diameter of the sun has, to the diameter of the earth a ratio greater than that which 19 has to 3, but less than that which 43 has to 6.“

—  Aristarchus of Samos ancient Greek astronomer and mathematician

p, 125
On the Sizes and Distances of the Sun and the Moon (c. 250 BC)
Variant: Proposition 10. The sun has to the moon a ratio greater than that which 5832 has to 1, but less than that which 8000 has to 1.

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„Proposition 8. When the sun is totally eclipsed, the sun and the moon are then comprehended by one and the same cone which has its vertex at our eye.“

—  Aristarchus of Samos ancient Greek astronomer and mathematician

p, 125
On the Sizes and Distances of the Sun and the Moon (c. 250 BC)

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„The moon is not kept in her orbit round the earth, nor the earth in her orbit round the sun, by a force that varies merely in the inverse ratio of the squares of the distances.“

—  Thomas Robert Malthus British political economist 1766 - 1834

Source: An Essay on The Principle of Population (First Edition 1798, unrevised), Chapter XIII, paragraph 2, lines 19-22

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„Most of the dandelions had changed from suns into moons.“

—  Vladimir Nabokov Russian-American novelist, lepidopterist, professor 1899 - 1977

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„When we've been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we'd first begun.“

—  John Newton Anglican clergyman and hymn-writer 1725 - 1807

These lines were not written by Newton. They have often been accreted to various hymns, including "Amazing Grace", since the mid-nineteenth century.
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„The sun provides the moon with its brightness.“

—  Anaxagoras ancient Greek philosopher -500 - -428 BC

Fragment in Plutarch De facie in orbe lunae, 929b, as quoted in The Riverside Dictionary of Biography (2005), p. 23

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„the sun is within me and so is the moon“

—  Kabir Indian mystic poet 1440 - 1518

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