„So let me say it: That nevertheless and notwithstanding old Carothers did own it. Bought it, got it, no matter; kept it, held it, no matter; bequeathed it: else why do you stand here relinquishing and repudiating? Held it, kept it for fifty years until you could repudiate it, while He—this Arbiter, this Architect, this Umpire—condoned—or did He? Looked down and saw—or did He? Or at least did nothing: saw, and could not, or did not see; saw, and would not, or perhaps He would not see—perverse, impotent, or blind: which?“
— William Faulkner, livro Go Down, Moses
Go Down, Moses (1942), The Bear section 4 (p. 247)
„I thank Our Lord that He let me find nothing but bitterness in human affections. I should have been caught easily, and had my wings clipped…Our Lord knew that I was far too weak to face temptation; He knew that I would certainly have burnt myself in the bewildering light of earthly things, and so He did not let it shine in my eyes. Where stronger souls find joy but remain detached because they are faithful, I found only misery.“
— Thérèse of Lisieux French Discalced Carmelite nun 1873 - 1897
Story of a Soul (1897), Quoted in The Hidden Face, Ida Gorres , p. 91
„A Man that is of Copernicus’s Opinion, that this Earth of ours is a Planet, carry’d round and enlighten’d by the Sun, like the rest of the Planets, cannot but sometimes think, that it’s not improbable that the rest of the Planets have their Dress and Furniture, and perhaps their Inhabitants too as well as this Earth of ours…“
— Christiaan Huygens Dutch mathematician and natural philosopher 1629 - 1695
Cosmotheoros (1695; publ. 1698), Book 1, p. 1
„In this place they knew him and were aware of how hard he had to strain. He would rather be among strangers who might possibly be more like himself. There had to be such people—perhaps far, far away. And there he would be able to learn more easily how to be fast.“
— Sten Nadolny, livro The Discovery of Slowness
The Discovery of Slowness (1983, 1987), p, 125
„Now, I think that I should have known that he was magic all along. I did know it — but I should have guessed that it would be too much to ask to grow old with and see our children grow up together. So now, he is a legend when he would have preferred to be a man.“
— Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis public figure, First Lady to 35th U.S. President John F. Kennedy 1929 - 1994
Quoted from article written by Jacqueline Kennedy for Look Magazine (17 November 1964) JFK memorial issue.
„The chief pleasure of his life in these days was to go down the road and look through the window in the wall in the hope of seeing the beautiful Island. … the sight of the Island and the sounds became very rare … and the yearning for the sight … became so terrible that John thought he would die if he did not have them again soon. … it came into his head that he might perhaps get the old feeling-for what, he thought, had the Island ever given him but a feeling?–by imagining. He shut his eyes and set his teeth again and made a picture of the Island in his mind.“
— Clive Staples Lewis, livro The Pilgrim's Regress
The Pilgrim's Regress (1933), Pilgrim’s Regress 12–13
„Just look down the road and tell me if you can see either of them."
I see nobody on the road." said Alice.
I only wishhad such eyes,"the King remarked in a fretful tone. "To be able to see Nobody! And at such a distance too!“
— Lewis Carroll English writer, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer 1832 - 1898
„She stood there bright as the sun on that California coast.
He was a Midwestern boy on his own.
She looked at him with those soft eyes, so innocent and blue.
He knew right then he was too far from home.
He was too far from home.“
— Bob Seger American singer-songwriter 1945
Song lyrics, Stranger in Town (1978), Hollywood Nights.
— Tao Yuanming Chinese poet 365 - 427
Substance, Shadow, and Spirit, "Shadow replies" Translated by Arthur Waley
„Progress is not natural. We are geared to go round and round. The reformer should not expect too much. We are only as far along as we are. It is the nature of granite to be hard. And it is the nature of man to be mechanical.“
— J. Howard Moore 1862 - 1916
Savage Survivals (1916), Savage Survivals in Higher Peoples (Continued), "The Imitative Instinct", p. 158
„When the stars threw down their spears,
And water'd heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?“
— William Blake, Songs of Innocence and of Experience
1790s, The Tyger (1794), St. 5
„But the inner part is the better part; for to it, as both ruler and judge, all these messengers of the senses report the answers of heaven and earth and all the things therein, who said, "We are not God, but he made us." My inner man knew these things through the ministry of the outer man, and I, the inner man, knew all this — I, the soul, through the senses of my body. I asked the whole frame of earth about my God, and it answered, "I am not he, but he made me."“
— Aurelius Augustinus, livro Confissões
Confessions (c. 397), X, 6
„Robert Neville looked out over the new people of the earth. He knew he did not belong to them; he knew that, like the vampires, he was anathema and black terror to be destroyed.“
— Richard Matheson, livro I Am Legend
I Am Legend (1954), Context: Robert Neville looked out over the new people of the earth. He knew he did not belong to them; he knew that, like the vampires, he was anathema and black terror to be destroyed. And, abruptly, the concept came, amusing to him even in his pain. … Full circle. A new terror born in death, a new superstition entering the unassailable fortress of forever. I am legend. Ch. 21
„A little instruction in the elements of chartography—a little practice in the use of the compass and the spirit level, a topographical map of the town common, an excursion with a road map—would have given me a fat round earth in place of my paper ghost.“
— Mary Antin, livro The Promised Land
The Promised Land (1912), Ch. 10.