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: 1818 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).
It 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.1901Erewhon Revisited, ch.14.
Imagination should be integrated with life, not turned into a separate activity, art, that monopolizes one's whole existence.Louis Dudek: Collected in Notebooks1960-1994 (1994).
The dead level of provincial existence.George pseudonym of MaryAnn Evans Eliot: 1860 The Mill on the Floss, bk.5, ch.3.
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: 1911Ancient 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: 1961Va« 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: 1739 A Treatise of Human Nature, bk.1, pt.2, section 6.
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: 1963 At the dedication of Amherst College Robert Frost Library, 25 Oct.
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: 1959 'Hip, Hell, and The Navigator', in Western Review, no. 23, Winter.
The instruments of labour, when they assume the form of machinery, 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: 1867 Das Kapital.
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: 1951Conclusive Evidence (revised as Speak, Memory,1966), ch.1.
Like so many ageing college people, Pnin had long ceased to notice the existence of students on campus.vladimir nabokov: 1957 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.
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.1979 Speech at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg,11 May.
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: 1882 Die fro« hliche Wissenschaft ( The Gay Science), section 283 (translated by W Kaufmann).
one loves only form, and form only comes into existence when the thing is born.Charles Olson: 1953 The Maximus Poems,'I, Maximus of Gloucester, To You, 4'.
There will be a quick rash of hairy American filth, but it shouldn't threaten the existence of decent, serious British filth.john osborne: 1967 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: 1803 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).
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: 1946 L'Existentialisme est un humanisme (Existentialism and Humanism,1948) (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: 1844 DieWelt alsWille undVorstellung (TheWorld asWill and Representation), 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: 1905 Undershaft to Barbara Undershaft. Major Barbara, act 2.
Youare bornwithtwothings: existenceand opportunity, and these are the raw materials out of which you can make a successful life.1989 Succeeding.
I 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: 1855 Leaves of Grass,'Autumn Rivulets','Who Learns My Lesson Complete?'