Moons are no more bounds to spiritual power than bat-balls.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Circles," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).
Emerson is speaking here about the illusion of permanence and connecting the idea of flux to the non-empirical realm of spirituality. The notion is that spiritual power blooms in the context of change and mutability. If all were permanently stable, Emerson argues, the sacred would not be able to appear in nature. Moons in the solar system and earthly balls dancing off the end of a bat represent the spectrum of possibility in the universe.)
I'll meet you tonight under the moon. Oh, I can see you nowyou and the moon. You wear a neck-tie so I'll know you.
(Morrie Ryskind, U.S. screenwriter, Robert Florey, and Joseph Santley. Mr. Hammer (Groucho Marx), The Cocoanuts, trying to make love to the wealthy Mrs. Potter (Margaret Dumont) (1929).
Ryskind adapted this film from original Broadway play by George Kaufman.)
Over the mountains of the moon, down the valley of the shadow. Ride, boldly ride, the shade replied, in search of El Dorado.
(Leigh Brackett (1915-1978), U.S. screenwriter, and From The Novel The St. Howard Hawks. Mississippi/Alan Bourdillon Traherne (James Caan), El Dorado, line of poetry that Mississippi recites throughout the film (1966).
The dialogue is based on the poem "Eldorado," by Edgar Allen Poe.)