Slavery, throughout its entire existence in the United States, is none other than the most barbarous, unprovoked and unjustifiable war of one portion of its citizens against another portion, the only conditions of which are perpetual imprisonment and hopeless servitude, or absolute extermination, in utter disregard and violation of those eternal and self-evident truths set forth in our Declaration of Independence.John Brown, "Provisional Constitution and Ordinances" (1858).
Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love, and to be loved, is the greatest happiness of existence.Sydney Smith, in Lady Holland's Memoir (1855), "Of Friendship".
It seems that it is impossible to live without discovering the purpose of your life. And the first thing which a person should do is to understand the meaning of life. But the majority of people who consider themselves to be educated are proud that they have reached such great height that they cease to care about the meaning of existence.Leo Tolstoy (1903-10) A Calendar of Wisdom, April 30.
There is simply the rose ; it is perfect in every moment of its existence. Before a leaf-bud has burst, its whole life acts; in the full-blown flower there is no more; in the leafless root there is no less. Its nature is satisfied, and it ...Ralph Waldo Emerson, in Self-reliance, BompaCrazy.com, 1 January
All the privilege I claim for my own sex (it is not a very enviable one, you need not covet it) is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope isgone.jane austen
La Poe sie est l'expression, par le langage humain ramene e a' son rythme essentiel, du sens myste rieux des aspects de l'existence; elle doue ainsi d'authenticite notre se jour et constitue la seule ta" che spirituelle. Poetry is an expression, through human language restored to its essential rhythm, of the mysteriousness of existence; it endows our life with authenticity and constitutes our only spiritual task.Ste phane Mallarme
There will be a quick rash of hairy American filth, but it shouldn't threaten the existence of decent, serious British filth.john osborne
If the Father begat the Son, he that was begotten had a beginning of existence: and from this it is evident, that there was a time when the Son was not. It therefore necessarily follows, that he had his substance from nothing.arius
In the course of time one does not feel even the existence of God. After attaining enlightenment one sees that gods and deities are all Maya.sarada devi
With the disintegration of all that [Nietzsche] had revered, existence, to him, had become a desert in which only one thing remained, namely that which had relentlessly forced him into this path: truthfulness that knows no limits and is not subject to any condition.karl jaspers
The rise of the Earth's temperature, causing sea level increases that could add up to one foot over the next 30 years, threatens the very existence of New Orleans.ray nagin
Originally, ethics has no existence apart from religion, which holds it in solution.Herbert Spencer
We live in the midst of infinite existence; and widely as we can see, and vastly as we have discovered, we have but crossed the threshold, we have but entered the vestibule of the Creator's temple. In this temple there is an everlasting worship of life , an anthem of many choruses, a hymn of incense that goes up forever.Henry Giles, p. 424. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
You think this because you are a nasty person by nature, Calvin, and you don’t understand nice people. To you, the end of existence is to control things, and so you will never build anything, but rather will try to take control of what is already in existence. Your brother, though, is by nature a Maker, as you explain it; therefore he cares nothing about who rules, but only about what exists.orson scott card
Partiality is, as we have seen, an accompaniment of the existence of interest, since this means sharing, partaking, taking sides in some movement. All the more reason, therefore, for an attitude of mind which actively welcomes suggestions and relevant information from all sides.john dewey
Today was very sad, and even if tomorrow, I cry, someday I will be able to laugh and remember our time together. How many seasons must pass, in this, our finite existence? If we live in the "now", what will we find?ayumi hamasaki
One great part of every human existence is passed in a state which cannot be rendered sensible by the use of wideawake language, cutanddry grammar and goahead plot.james joyce
That which is produced with intention has passed over from non-existence to existence.maimonides
I hate government. I hate power. I think that man's existence, insofar as he achieves anything, is to resist power, to minimize power, to devise systems of society in which power is the least exerted.Malcolm Muggeridge
The demands which the difficult work of love makes upon our development are more than life-size, and as beginners we are not up to them. But if we nevertheless hold out and take this love upon us as burden and apprenticeship, instead of losing ourselves in all the light and frivolous play, behind which people have hidden from the most earnest earnestness of their existence then a little progress and alleviation will perhaps be perceptible to those who come long after us; that would be much.Rainer Maria Rilke
Plato … teaches the separation of the human soul from its “ home ” in the realm of pure essences. Man is estranged from what he essentially is. His existence in a transitory world contradicts his essential participation in the eternal world of ideas .paul tillich
Consider and act with reference to the true ends of existence. This world is but the vestibule of an immortal life. Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.Edwin Hubbell Chapin, p. 6. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
One of the most emphatic dance forms that the City of Nawabs has given - the Lucknow Gharana of Kathak, which came into existence mainly in the court of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah, the ruler of Avadh in 19th Century. Kathak, its exponents say, was so powerful that no other dance form posed a challenge to it for a long period.Nidhi Purohit in Kathak faces fusion challenge. Times of India (19 October 2013). Retrieved on 16 January 2014.
He [God] is a magician . He simply puts the seed in his imagination –which is Prakriti, Lakshmi or Mother Goddess of the world and the universe comes into existence. the wheel of the world keeps going.Gita, p.123
Dualism makes the problem insoluble; materialism denies the existence of any phenomenon to study, and hence of any problem.John R. Searle (2002) Consciousness and Language, p. 47
Indifference to life and indifference to the purity and amenity that sweeten existence must necessarily go together.p.17 (Sanitary Economy (1850))
There is a certain force, less primary than being but more primary than the soul, which draws its existence from being and completes the soul as the sun completes the eyes. Of souls some are rational and immortal, some irrational and mortal. The former are derived from the first Gods, the latter from the secondary.VIII. On Mind and Soul, and that the latter is immortal.
Only if you admit the existence of god does everything become meaningful.Swami Chetanananda, in God Lived with Them, Advaita Ashrama, 2001, p.430
Everyone - pantheist , atheist , skeptic , polytheist - has to answer these questions: 'Where did I come from? What is life 's meaning? How do I define right from wrong and what happens to me when I die?' Those are the fulcrum points of our existence.Ravi Zacharias, in Beyond the Shadows and Other Essays, Domenic Marbaniang, p.109
By eternity , I mean existence itself, in so far as it is conceived necessarily to follow solely from the definition of that which is eternal. Explanation existence of this kind is conceived as an eternal truth, like the essence of a thing, and, therefore, cannot be explained by means of continuance or time, though continuance may be conceived without a beginning or end.Baruch Spinoza, in Ethics, Demonstrated in Geometrical Order (1677), Part I : Concerning God, Definition 8