The soul secured in her existence, smiles At the drawn dagger, and defies its point. The stars shall fade away, the sun himself Grow dim with age, and nature sink in years, But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth, Unhurt amidst the war of elements, The wreck of matter, and the crash of worlds.
Joseph Addison, Cato, A Tragedy (1713), Act V, scene i.
In the final analysis, all architecture reveals the application of human ingenuity to the satisfaction of human needs. And among those needs are not only shelter, warmth and accommodation, but also the needs, felt at every moment in every part of the world in endlessly different ways, for something more profound, evocative and universal; for beauty, for permanence, for immortality.
For who would lose, Though full of pain, this intellectual being, Those thoughts that wander through eternity, To perish rather, swallow'd up and lost In the wide womb of uncreated night, Devoid of sense and motion?john milton
Without a belief in personal immortality, religion surely is like an arch resting on one pillar, like a bridge ending in an abyss.
There is nothing strictly immortal, but immortality. Whatever hath no beginning may be confident of no end.
The stars shall fade away, the sun himself Grow dim with age, and nature sink in years, But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth, Unhurt amidst the wars of elements, The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds.joseph addison
A toy which people cry for, And on their knees apply for, Dispute, contend and lie for, And if allowed Would be right proud Eternally to die for.ambrose bierce
That which is the foundation of all our hopes and of all our fears; all our hopes and fears which are of any consideration: I mean a Future Life.Joseph Butler
I will have nothing to do with your immortality; we are miserable enough in this life, without the absurdity of speculating upon another.
He ne'er is crowned with immortality Who fears to follow where airy voices lead.john keats
Immortality is the only thing which doesn't tolerate being postponed.Karl Kraus
And in the wreck of noble lives Something immortal still survives.Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The human mind cannot be absolutely destroyed with the body, but something of it remains which is eternal.... We feel and know by experience that we are eternal.
Talking to a peasant one day, I suggested to him the hypothesis that there might indeed be a God who governs heaven and earth, a Consciousness or Conscience of the Universe, but that even so it would not be sufficient reason to assume that the soul of every man was immortal in the traditional and concrete sense. And he replied, "Then what good is God?"Miguel de Unamuno
A man really and practically looking onwards to an immortal life, on whatever grounds, exhibits to us the human soul in an enobled attitude.
I have been dying for twenty years, now I am going to live.
Immortality is the glorious discovery of Christianity.william ellery channing
Men are immortal till their work is done.
Safe from temptation, safe from sin's pollution, She lives, whom we call dead.Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I came from God, and I'm going back to God, and I won't have any gaps of death in the middle of my life.George MacDonald
Of such as he was, there be few on earth; Of such as he is, there are few in Heaven: And life is all the sweeter that he lived, And all he loved more sacred for his sake: And Death is all the brighter that he died, And Heaven is all the happier that he's there.gerald massey
Though inland far we be, Our souls have sight of that immortal sea Which brought us hither.william wordsworth
See truth, love, and mercy in triumph descending, And nature all glowing in Eden's first bloom! On the cold cheek of death smiles and roses are blending, And beauty immortal awakes from the tomb.
Tell me why the caged bird nutters against its prison bars, and I will tell you why the soul sickens of earthliness. The bird has wings, and wings were made to cleave the air, and soar in freedom in the sun. The soul is immortal it cannot feed upon husks.
I feel that I was made to complete things. To accomplish only a mass of beginnings and attempts would be to make a total failure of life. Perfection is the heritage with which my Creator has endowed me, and since this short life does not give completeness, I must have immortal life in which to find it.