Yesterday, I could not remember the exact words of the quote so like a good library employee I googled the terms "loved the stars" and "Galileo." Imagine my surprise when I found out that Galileo never said it.
The lines are from Sarah Williams' poem, "The Old Astronomer:"
Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.
If I learned one thing from the many papers I wrote in college, citing sources is important. The internet breeds myths, and we need to make sure we do our part to keep it as accurate as possible.