The moon has fascinated humanity probably since our beginning. The bright light in the sky that goes through cycles every month has inspired many metaphors and reflections. Find quotations about the moon, from poets and other authors.

The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas.

— Alfred Noyes, The Highwayman

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.

— Anton Chekhov

“Beautiful view. Magnificent desolation.”

— Buzz Aldrin, first words on the moon

The moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to.

— Carl Sandburg

The moon is a reminder that no matter what happens, every month we have a second chance.

— Imelda Marcos

The moon is a white chalice, holding the world’s silver wine.

— L. M. Montgomery

That’s one small step for (a) man. One giant leap for mankind.

— Neil Armstrong, the ‘a’ was lost in the static in the audio transmission

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.

— Norman Vincent Peale

Beauty is a form of Genius–is higher, indeed, than Genius, as it needs no explanation. It is one of the great facts of the world, like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in the dark waters of that silver shell we call the moon. It cannot be questioned. It has divine right of sovereignty. It makes princes of those who have it.

— Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

As if you were on fire from within. The moon lives in the lining of your skin.

— Pablo Neruda

The moon lives in the lining of your skin.

— Pablo Neruda

Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.

— Paul Brandt

it was the kind of moon
that I would want to
send back to my ancestors
and gift to my descendants

so they know that I too,
have been bruised…by beauty.

— Sanober Khan

The moon is a loyal companion.

It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human.

Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.

— Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

The moon is a silver pin-head vast,
That holds the heaven’s tent-hangings fast.

— William R. Alger
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