Oh these deceits are strong almost as life. Last night I dreamt I was in the labyrinth, And woke far on. I did not know the place.Edwin Muir: 1949 The Labyrinth,'The Labyrinth'.
Le lecteur, lui non plus, ne voit pas les choses du dehors. Il est dans le labyrinthe aussi. The reader [as well as the main character] does not view the work from outside. He too is in the labyrinth.Alain Robbe-Grillet: 1959 Dans le labyrinthe.
Wir tappen im Labyrinth unsers Lebenswandels und im Dunkel unserer Forschungen umher: helleAugenblicke erleuchten dabei wie Blitze unsernWeg. We grope about in the labyrinth of our life and in the obscurity of our investigations; bright moments illuminate our path like flashes of lightning.Arthur Schopenhauer: 1844 DieWelt alsWille undVorstellung (TheWorld asWill and Representation), vol.2, ch.15 (translated by E F J Payne).
Beneath is spread like a green sea The waveless plain of Lombardy, Bounded by the vaporous air, Islanded by cities fair; Underneath Day's azure eyes, Ocean's nursling,Venice lies, A peopled labyrinth of walls, Amphitrite's destined halls.Percy Bysshe Shelley: 1818 'Lines written amongst the Euganean Hills', l.90-7.
I feel anxious for the fate of our monarchy, or democracy, or whatever is to take place. I soon get lost in a labyrinth of perplexities; but, whatever occurs, may justice and righteousness be the stability of our times, and order arise out of confusion. Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance.Abigail Adams: Letter to John Adams (27 November 1775).
Damn it, how will I ever get out of this labyrinth?simón bolívar: A statement made in the last months of his life, occasionally said to be his last words, and portrayed as such in The General in His Labyrinth (1990) by Gabriel García Márquez, as translated by Edith Grossman, p. 267.
No former age was ever in such a favorable position with regard to the sources of our knowledge of human nature. Psychology, ethnology, anthropology, and history have amassed an astonishingly rich and constantly increasing body of facts. Our technical instruments for observation and experimentation have been immensely improved, and our analyses have become sharper and more penetrating. We appear, nevertheless, not yet to have found a method for the mastery and organization of this material.... Unless we succeed in finding a clue of Ariadne to lead us out of this labyrinth, we can have no real insight into the general character of human culture; we shall remain lost in a mass of disconnected and disintegrated data which seem to lack all conceptual unity.End of Chapter 1
I could imagine how those queries would have been represented in CODASYL by programs that were five pages long that would navigate through this labyrinth of pointers and stuff. Codd would sort of write them down as one-liners. ... They weren't complicated at all. I said, "Wow." This was kind of a conversion experience for me.e. f. codd: Don Chamberlin, co-inventor of SQL; quoted in IBM Research News (obituary), April 2003
Philosophy is written in that great book which ever lies before our eyes I mean the universe but we cannot understand it if we do not first learn the language and grasp the symbols, in which it is written. This book is written in the mathematical language, and the symbols are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without whose help it is impossible to comprehend a single word of it; without which one wanders in vain through a dark labyrinth.Galileo Galilei, The Assayer (1623) as quoted by Edwin Arthur Burtt in The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Physical Science (1924), p. 64
Damn it! How will I ever get out of this labyrinth?Who: Simon Bolivar
I have designed my style pantomimes as white ink drawings on black backgrounds, so that man’s destiny appears as a thread lost in an endless labyrinth... I have tried to shed some gleams of light on the shadow of man startled by his anguish.Marcel Marceau: As quoted in Wall Street Journal (19 November 1965)
The Dream of the Wu Woman Myrddin (Merlin): I must do as I will do. Magic grants no freedoms, friend pupil. Everything it buys must be paid for. The Phantom Stranger: People kill what they fear, Timothy. They burned, drowned and hanged those they saw as witches, the devil's servants: the wise women and the cunning men, the unfortunate, the lost and the strange. While in the forests, and the high places and beside great stones the old religions endured. The Phantom Stranger: Science is a way of talking about the universe in words that bind it to a common reality. Magic is a method of talking to the universe in words that it cannot ignore. The two are rarely compatible. The Phantom Stranger: Since there are always those who would burn those who they perceive as witches, many true magicians adopted new garb, avoiding recognition by disguising their plumage. The Phantom Stranger: Often the best hiding place is in plain view. Zatara: I thought that I had found my way to the center of the Invisible Labyrinth; and I had perhaps discovered no more than the entrance. Watch my dust.... There is no walking backwards, and I am lost in the Labyrinth Invisible. I cannot retrace my steps. I wrote my name on the wall of the Invisible Labyrinth. I was so diligent in my studies; gave my whole time and heart to the pursuit. I wrote my name but I can find it no longer; My ashes blow like dust around the Invisible Labyrinth. Mr. E: I still say we should kill him. Book II: The Shadow World Boston Brand: I was just talkin' to a dude got himself killed trying to find out where you were. Timothy Hunter: Look I hate to be personal, but... are you mad? Boston Brand: Not that I'm aware of. Timothy Hunter: It's just that I figured it was you or me, and that means its probably me.Timothy Hunter
Pan's Labyrinth works on so many levels that it seems to change shape even as you watch it. It is, at times, a joyless picture, and its pall of sadness can begin to weigh you down.stephanie zacharek: Review of Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
An index is a necessary implement. * * * Without this, a large author is but a labyrinth without a clue to direct the readers within.Thomas Fuller, Worthies of England (1662).
A man sets out to draw the world . As the years go by, he peoples a space with images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, instruments, stars, horses, and individuals. A short time before he dies, he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the lineaments of his own face .jorge luis borges: Afterword (The Modesty of History)
There's no need to build a labyrinth when the entire universe is one.jorge luis borges: "Ibn-Hakim Al-Bokhari, Murdered in His Labyrinth", in The Aleph (1949); tr. Andrew Hurley, Collected Fictions (1998)
The minotaur more than justifies the existence of the labyrinth .jorge luis borges: "Ibn-Hakim Al-Bokhari, Murdered in His Labyrinth", in The Aleph (1949); tr. Andrew Hurley, Collected Fictions (1998)
I covered the walls of both basement rooms with Milino,a cheap substitute for canvas,stretched string backwards and forwards across the rooms and attached widths of packing-paper to them,so that they reached down to the floor and as far as the walls that I wanted to paint. I wanted to create a labyrinth which would somehow help to prevent a compositional idea from establishing itself all too quickly. I had the idea of working on all the walls pretty well at the same time,as if they were one large painting completely surrounding me. By constantly wandering in the labyrinth I sought to realise a form of “de-composition”.günter brus: P. 114 (1985)
We have not even to risk the adventure alone, for the heroes of all time have gone before us the labyrinth is thoroughly known . We have only to follow the thread of the hero path, and where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god ; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence. And where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world .joseph campbell: Episode 1, Opening introduction voice-over
Centuries of husbandry , decades of diligent culling, the work of numerous hearts and hands, have gone into the hackling, sorting, and spinning of this tightly twisted yarn. Furthermore, we have not even to risk the adventure alone; for the heroes of all time have gone before us; the labyrinth is thoroughly known; we have only to follow the thread of the hero-path. And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god ; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves ; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence; and where we had thought to be alone , we shall be with all the world .joseph campbell: Chapter 1 (The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949))
Most curiously, the very scientist who, in the service of the sinful king , was the brain behind the horror of the labyrinth , quite as readily can serve the purposes of freedom . But the hero - heart must be at hand . ...He is the hero of the way of thought singlehearted, courageous, and full of faith that the truth, as he finds it, shall make us free.joseph campbell: Chapter 1 (The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949))
The multitude of men and women choose the less adventurous way of the comparatively unconscious civic and tribal routines. But these seekers, too, are saved by the virtue of the inherited symbolic aids of society, the rites of passage, the grace-yielding sacraments, given to mankind of old by the redeemers and handed down through the millenniums. It is only those who know neither an inner call nor an outer doctrine whose plight is truly desperate; that is to say, most of us today, in this labyrinth without and within the heart. Alas, where is the guide, that fond virgin, Ariadne , to supply the simple clue that will give us the courage to face the Minotaur , and the means to find our way to freedom when the monster has been met and slain?joseph campbell: Chapter 1 (The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949))
Doctor Labyrinth, like most people who read a great deal and who have too much time on their hands, had become convinced that our civilization was going the way of Rome. He saw, I think, the same cracks forming that had sundered the ancient world, the world of Greece and Rome; and it was his conviction that presently our world, our society, would pass away as theirs did, and a period of darkness would follow.philip kindred dick: "The Preserving Machine" (1953)), The Collected Short Stories of Philip K. Dick, v.1: The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford (1987)
Let us consider two important factors, the two poles of the creation of art: the artist on one hand, and on the other the spectator who later becomes the posterity; to all appearances the artist acts like a mediumistic being who, from the labyrinth beyond time and space, seeks his way out to a clearing.marcel duchamp: 'The Creative Act', 1957, Duchamp’s lecture in Houston, April 1957, in Art News, 56. no. 4, Summer 1957, p. 28 –29