marciano encontrou-me na rua e teve miedo de
minha impossibilidade humana. Como pode existir,
penseu consigo, um ser que no existir po
e sem tamanha anula c° a o de existe" ncia?
The Martian met me
in the streets and was frightened
by my human impossibility. He wondered how
such a being could exist who could not exist
without unmaking so much existence. 16 Carlos Drummond de Andrade Li c° a o de coisas,'Science Fiction'.
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 Persuasion, ch.23.
Ein Gott, der sich von uns beweisen lieÞe, w a« re ein G o« tze. A God who let us
prove his existence would be an idol. Dietrich Bonhoeffer 'Glaubst du, so hast
du'. Versuch eines Lutherischen Katchismus ('If you believe it,
you have it'. Attempt at a Lutheran Catechism). Quoted
in E Robinson and J Bowden No Rusty Sword (1965).
has been said that although God cannot alter the past, historians can; it
is perhaps because they can be useful to Him in this
respect that He tolerates their existence. Samuel Butler Erewhon Revisited, ch.14.
The fact is, that there was considerable difficulty
in inducing Oliver to
take upon himself the office of respirationa
troublesome practice, but one which custom has rendered
necessary to our easy existence; and for some time
he lay gasping on a little flock mattress, rather
unequally poised between this world and the next:
the balance being decidedly in favour of the
latter. Now, if during this brief period,Oliver had
been surrounded by careful grandmothers,
anxious aunts, experienced nurses, and doctors of
profound wisdom, he would most inevitably and
indubitably have been killed in no time. CharlesJohn Huffam Dickens ^9 Oliver Twist, ch.1.
Let us be moral.Let us contemplate existence. CharlesJohn Huffam Dickens ^4 Mr Pecksniff. Martin Chuzzlewit, ch.9.
In the little world in which children have their existence, whosoever brings
them up, there is nothing so finely perceived and so
finely felt, as injustice. CharlesJohn Huffam Dickens ^1 Great Expectations, ch.8.
Mr Podsnap settled that whatever he put behind him he put out of
existence 'I don't want to know about it; I don't choose to
discuss it; I don't admit it!' CharlesJohn Huffam Dickens ^5 Our Mutual Friend, bk.1, ch.11.
Imagination should be integrated with life, not turned into a separate
activity, art, that monopolizes one's whole existence. Louis Dudek Collected in
The dead level of provincial existence. George pseudonym of MaryAnn Evans Eliot The Mill on the Floss, bk.5, ch.3.
Here the impossible union Of spheres of
existence is actual, Here the past and
future Are conquered, and
reconciled. T(homas) S(tearns) Eliot Four Quartets,'The Dry Salvages', pt.5.
God knows that the lesson we learn from life is that our very existence in
the nature of things is a perpetual harming of somebody
elseif only because every mouthful of food
that we eat is a mouthful taken from somebody else. Ford Madox originally Ford Hermann Hueffer Ford Ancient Lights, dedication.
I didn't know Whoor whatput the question, I don't know when it was
put. I don't even remember answering. But at
some moment I did answer Yes to Someoneor
Somethingand from that hour I was certain that
existence is meaningful and that, therefore, my life, in self-surrender, had a goal. Dag HjalmarAgne Carl Hammarskjo« ld Va« gmarken (translated by L Sjsy« berg and W H
Auden as Markings,1964).
Let us fix our attention out of ourselves as much as possible; let us
chase our imagination to the heavens, or to the utmost
limits of the universe; we never really advance a step
beyond ourselves, nor can conceive any kind of existence,
but those perceptions, which have appeared in that
narrow compass. David Hume A Treatise of Human Nature, bk.1, pt.2, section 6.
When we run
over libraries, persuaded of these principles, what
havoc must we make? If we take in our hand any volume; of
divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us
ask, Does it contain any abstract reasoning
concerning quantity or number? No. Does it contain any
experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact or
existence? No.Commit itthen tothe flames: for it can contain
nothing but sophistry and illusion. David Hume An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding,
The escalator from the Social Predestination Room One circuit of the
cellar at ground level, one on the first gallery, half on
the second, and on the two hundred and sixty-seventh
morning, daylight in the Decanting Room. Independent
existenceso called. Aldous Leonard Huxley Brave New World, ch.1.
was seeing what Adam had seen on the morning of his creationthe
miracle, moment by moment, of naked existence. Aldous Leonard Huxley The Doors of Perception.
When power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his
limitations.When power narrows the area of man's
concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and
diversity of existence.When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.
John F(itzgerald) Kennedy At the dedication of Amherst College Robert Frost
Library, 25 Oct.
L'impossibilite o u' je suis de prouver que Dieu n'est pas me de couvre son
existence. The impossibility I
find myself in to prove that God does not exist proves to
me his existence. Jean de La Bruye' re Les Caracte' res ou les m½urs de ce sie' cle,'Des
esprits forts', no.13.
Every moment of one's existence one isgrowing into more or retreating
into less.One is always living a little more or dying a
little bit. Norman Kingsley Mailer 'Hip, Hell, and The Navigator', in Western Review,
no. 23, Winter.
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 Letter to M. Le o d'Orfer, 27 Jun.
Who is able to paint the existence of a dog as Picasso paints the
existence of a cubic shape? Franz Marc Quoted in Briefe, Aufzeichnungen und
Aphorismen (2 vols,1920), translated by Chipp
in his Theories of Modern Art (1968).
The instruments of labour, when they assume the form
acquire a kind of material existence which involves the
replacement of human forces by the forces of Nature, and of
rule-of-thumb methods by the purposeful
application of natural science. Karl Heinrich Marx Das Kapital.
What I did that was new was to prove that the
existence of classes is only
bound up with particular, historical phases in the
development of production; that the class struggle
necessarily leads to the dictatorship of the proletariat; and
that dictatorship itself only constitutes the transition to
the abolition of all classes and to a classless society. Karl Heinrich Marx In Karl Marx and
Friedrich Engels Correspondence (1934).
The Conservatives, as being by the law of theirexistence the stupidest
party. John Stuart Mill Considerations on Representative Government, ch.7,
As a military man who has given half a century of active service,Isay inall
sincerity thatthenucleararmsracehas no military
purpose. Wars cannot be fought with nuclear weapons;
their existence onlyadds to our perils because of the
illusions that they have generated. The world now stands on
the brink of the final abyss. Let us all resolve to take
all possible practicable steps to ensurethat we
donot, through ourownfolly, go over the edge. 1st Earl Nicholas Speech at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg,11
The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our
existence is but a brief crack of light between two
eternities of darkness. Vladimir Nabokov Conclusive Evidence (revised as Speak, Memory,1966),
Like so many ageing college people, Pnin had long ceased to notice
the existence of students on campus. Vladimir Nabokov Pnin, ch.3, section 6.
In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me
of God's existence. Sir Isaac Newton Attributed.
Glaubt es mir!das Geheimnis, um die gr o« Þte Fruchtbarkeit und
den gr o« Þten Genuss vom Dasein einzuernten, heiÞt:
gef a« hrlich leben! For believe me: the
secret for harvesting from existence the greatest
fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment isto live
dangerously. FriedrichWilhelm Nietzsche Die fro« hliche Wissenschaft ( The Gay Science),
section 283 (translated by W
one loves only form, and form only comes
into existence when
the thing is born. Charles Olson The Maximus Poems,'I, Maximus of Gloucester, To
There will be a quick rash of hairy American filth,
but it shouldn't threaten
the existence of decent, serious British filth. John Osborne On the opening of the US musical
Hair, in Time magazine.
We must recollectwhat it is we have at stake, what it is we have to contend
for. It is for our property, it is for our liberty, it is for
our independence, nay for our existence as a nation; it is
for our character, it is for our very name as Englishmen, it
is for everything dear and valuable to man on this side of
the grave. William known as theYounger Pitt Speech, 22 Jul, on the breaking of the Peace of
Amiens and the resumption of
the war with Napoleon. Quoted in Speeches of the Rt. Hon.William
Pitt (1806), vol.4.
Man is the measure of all things, of the existence
of the things that are,
and the non-existence of the things that are not. Protagoras Fragment quotedin
PlatoTheaetetus,152a (translatedby H North Fowler,1977).
America is deeply rooted in Negro culture: its colloquialisms, its humour, its music.How
ironic that the Negro, who more
than any other people can claim America's culture
as his own, is being persecuted and repressed, that the
Negro, who has exemplified the humanities in his
very existence, is being rewarded with inhumanity. Sonny (TheodoreWalter) Rollins Statement on sleeve of Freedom Suite.
Ce qu'ils ont en commun, c'est simplement le fait qu'ils estiment que
l'existence pre ce' de l'essence, ou, si vous voulez, qu'il faut
partir de la subjectivite . What
[existentialists] have in common is simply the fact that they believe
that existence comes before essenceor, if you
will, that we must begin from the subjective. Jean-Paul Sartre L'Existentialisme est un humanisme (Existentialism
(translated by Philip Mairet).
Qu'est-ce que signifie que l'existence pre ce' de l'essence? Cela signifie que
l'homme existe d'abord, se rencontre, surgit dans le
monde, et qu'il se de finit apre' s. What do we mean by
saying that existence precedes essence? Wemeanthat
manfirst of all exists, encounters himself, surges up
in the worldand defines himself afterwards. Jean-Paul Sartre L'Existentialisme est un humanisme (Existentialism
(translated by Philip Mairet).
Ist es an und fu« r sich absurd, das Nichtsein fu« r einUbel zu « halten; da jedes
Ubel wie jedes Gut das Dasein zur Voraussetzung hat,
ja sogar das Bewusstsein. It is in and by
itself absurd to regard non-existence as an evil; for every
evil, like every good, presupposes existence, indeed
even consciousness. Arthur Schopenhauer DieWelt alsWille undVorstellung (TheWorld asWill
vol.2, ch.41 (translated by E F J Payne).
Alcohol is a very necessaryarticle It makes life bearable to millions
of people who could not endure their existence if
they were quite sober. It enables Parliament to do
things at eleven at night that no sane person would do at
eleven in the morning. George Bernard Shaw Undershaft to Barbara Undershaft. Major Barbara,
The white race is the cancer of human history, it is the white race, and it
aloneits ideologies and inventionswhich
eradicates autonomous civilizations wherever it
spreads, which has upset the ecological balance of the
planet, which now threatens the very existence of life
itself. Susan Sontag In Partisan Review,Winter.
Youare bornwithtwothings: existenceand opportunity, and these are the
raw materials out of which you can make a successful
life. Charles Templeton Succeeding.
They lead, as a matter of fact, an existence of jumpiness and apprehension.
They sit on the edge of the chair of Literature. In the
house of Life they have the feeling that they have never
taken off their overcoats. James Grover Thurber On humorists. My Life and HardTimes, preface.
The AIDS epidemic has rolled back a big rotting log and revealed all the
squirming life underneath it, since it involves, all at
once, the main themes of our existence: sex, death, power,
money, love, hate, disease and panic. No American
phenomenon has been so compelling since theVietnam
War. Edmund White 'AfterwordAIDS: An American Epidemic', added to
later editions of States
of Desire:Travels in Gay America.
do not think seventy years is the time of a man or woman, Nor that seventy
millions of years is the time of a man or woman, Nor that years will
ever stop the existence of me, or any one else. Walt(er) Whitman Leaves of Grass,'Autumn Rivulets','Who Learns My
Scientific discovery consists in the interpretation for our own convenience of
a system of existence which has been made with no
eye to our convenience at all. Norbert Wiener The Human Use of Human Beings.
It isthrough Art, and through Art only, that we canrealise our perfection; through
Art, and through Art only, that we can shield
ourselves from the sordid perils of actual existence. Oscar Fingal O'FlahertieWills Wilde Intentions,'The Critic as Artist'.
Modern journalism justifies its own existence by the great
Darwinianprinciple ofthesurvival ofthevulgarest. Oscar Fingal O'FlahertieWills Wilde Intentions,'The Critic as Artist'.