O 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
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. 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 Notebooks1960^1994 (1994).
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, section12, pt.3.
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.
I 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 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
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, note.
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 May.
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), ch.1.
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
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 Kaufmann).
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 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
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 and Humanism,1948) (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 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
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
Undershaft to Barbara Undershaft. Major Barbara, act 2.
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
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.
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
Leaves of Grass,'Autumn Rivulets','Who Learns My Lesson Complete?'
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 WildeSearch Quotes Webster's New World Dictionary of Quotations Copyright © 2010 by Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. Published by Wiley, Hoboken, NJ. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Intentions,'The Critic as Artist'.
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