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.
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).
Here the impossible union Of spheres of existence is actual, Here the past and future Are conquered, and reconciled.1941Four Quartets,'The Dry Salvages', pt.5.
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
It's not true that you should first think up an idea for a better world and only then "put it into practice," but, rather, through the fact of your existence in the world, you create the idea or manifest it — create it, as it were, from the "material of the world," articulate it in the "language of the world."václav havel
Par une de ces journées sombres qui attristent la fin de l'année, et que rend encore plus mélancoliques le souffle glacé du vent du Nord, écoutez, en lisant Ossian, la fantastique harmonie d'une harpe éolienne balancée au sommet d'un arbre dépouillé de verdure, et vous pourrez éprouver un sentiment profond de tristesse, un désir vague et infini d'une autre existence, un dégoût immense de celle-ci.james macpherson
“The whole of modern so-called civilised existence is an attempt to deny reality insofar as it exists. When did Don last look at the stars, when did Norman last get soaked in a rainstorm? The stars as far as these people are concerned are the Manhattan-pattern!” He jerked his thumb at a window beyond which the city’s treasure-house of coloured light glimmered gaudily.john brunner
As great, everlasting, Adamantine laws Dictate, we must all Complete the cycles Of our existence.Das Göttliche (The Divine) (1783)
Nowadays when a poet with one privately printed book can have his next three years taken care of by a Guggenheim fellowship, a Kenyon Review fellowship, and the Prix de Rome, it is hard to remember what chances the poet took in that small-town world, how precariously hand-to-mouth his existence was. And yet in one way the old days were better; [Vachel] Lindsay after a while, by luck and skill, got far more readers than any poet could get today.Randall Jarrell
Because anarchism is in its essence an anti-dogmatic and unstructured cluster of related attitudes, which does not depend for its existence on any enduring organization, it can flourish when circumstances are favourable and then, like a desert plant, lie dormant for seasons and even for years, waiting for the rains that will make it burgeon. Unlike an ordinary political faith, in which the church-party becomes the vehicle of the dogma, it does not need a movement to carry it forward…George Woodcock
For I never have seen, and never shall see, that the cessation of the evidence of existence is necessarily evidence of the cessation of existence.William de Morgan, Joseph Vance, Chapter XL.
The really amazing thing is not that life on Earth is balanced on a knife-edge, but that the entire universe is balanced on a knife-edge. You see, even if you dismiss mankind as just a mere hiccup in the great scheme of things, the fact remains that the entire universe seems unreasonably suited to the existence of life almost contrived you might say a "put-up job".Paul Davies, BBC Horizon documentary, "YouTube video," 1987.
All exists here, no doubt, for the delight of existence , all is a game or Lila; but a game too carries within itself an object to be accomplished and without the fulfillment of that object would have no completeness of significance .Sri Aurobindo, quoted by A. Ghose (2009), in “Sri Aurobindo’s Lila - The Nature of Divine Play According to Integral Advaita”, p.73
History must be so revised that while the Ultimate spiritual Intelligence is not yet denied, yet any definite knowledge of it in historical terms must be carefully eliminated. They will admit that all religions have a basal truth viz., the existence of the spiritual.Quote in The Churchman (1883). Vol 47. p.395
The evidence of the existence of other astral systems besides our own is much more decided than might be expected when we consider that the nearest of them must needs be placed at a mighty interval beyond our own.p.6 (Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation (1844))
Everything in existence prays for the forgiveness of the person who teaches the Qur’an - even the fish in the sea.Usulul Kafi, Volume 3, Page 301 (Shi'ite Hadith)
Ananke remained an elusive outsider, often perceived as cruel . But it is important that at an early stage religious and philosophical speculation closely linked Ananke to the elements of the world 's existence (among which Goethe included her too).Wilamowitz, K.Borinski, in Otto Brendel Symbolism of the Sphere: A Contribution to the History of Earlier Greek Philosophy, Brill Archive, 1977, p.37
Recognition of the modes of existence of technical objects must be the result of philosophic consideration; what philosophy has to achieve in this respect is analogous to what the abolition of slavery achieved in affirming the worth of the individual human being.Gilbert Simondon, in On the Mode of Existence of Technical Objects, University of Western Ontario, June 1980