Palmer Joss: What are you studying up there?
Ellie Arroway: Oh, the usual. Nebulae, quasars, pulsars, stuff like that. What are you writing?
Palmer Joss: The usual. Nouns, adverbs, adjective here and there.

Mathematics is the only true universal language.

Ellie Arroway

Small moves, Ellie, small moves.

Ted Arroway

I'm not against technology, doctor. I'm against the men who deify it at the expense of human truth.

Palmer Joss

Dr. Kent Clark: Dr. Arroway will be spending her precious telescope time listening for... uh... listening for...
Ellie Arroway: Little green men.

Ellie, still waiting for E.T. to call?

David Drumlin

You could call me a man of the cloth, without the cloth.

Palmer Joss

Is the world fundamentally a better place because of science and technology? We shop at home, we surf the Web... at the same time, we feel emptier, lonelier and more cut off from each other than at any other time in human history...

Palmer Joss

So it turns out there's life on other planets. Boy, this is really going to change the Miss Universe contest, you know what I mean?

Jay Leno

[Witnessing a celestial light show up close] Some celestial event. No - no words. No words to describe it. Poetry! They should've sent a poet. So beautiful. So beautiful... I had no idea.

Ellie Arroway

You're an interesting species. An interesting mix. You're capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you're not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we've found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other.


So what's more likely? That an all-powerful, mysterious God created the Universe, and decided not to give any proof of his existence? Or, that He simply doesn't exist at all, and that we created Him, so that we wouldn't have to feel so small and alone?

Ellie Arroway

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