„…even in the folly of youth we know that nothing lasts, but … even in that folly we are afraid that maybe Nothing will last, that maybe Nothing will last forever, and anything is better than Nothing.… So now, as another poet sings, That Fancy passed me by And nothing will remain; which, praise the gods, is a damned lie since, praise, O gods! Nothing cannot remain anywhere since nothing is vacuum and vacuum is paradox and unbearable and we will have nothing of it even if we would, the damned-fool poet's Nothing.“
— William Faulkner American writer 1897 - 1962
Gavin Stevens in Ch. 8 The two lines quoted — not altogether accurately — are from A. E. Housman, A Shropshire Lad (1896), XVIII:<p>And now the fancy passes by And nothing will remain.
„It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.“
— Seth Grahame-Smith, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
— Stephen Hawking British theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author 1942
„What is at stake here is precisely the problem of the fulfillment of desire: when we encounter in reality an object which has all the properties of the fantasized object of desire, we are nevertheless necessarily somewhat disappointed; we experience a certain this is not it; it becomes evident that the finally found real object is not the reference of desire even though it possesses all the required properties.“
— Slavoj Žižek Slovene philosopher 1949
— Theodore Roethke American poet 1908 - 1963
"Root Cellar," ll. 10-11
„A philosopher of imposing stature doesn't think in a vacuum. Even his most abstract ideas are, to some extent, conditioned by what is or is not known in the time when he lives.“
— Alfred North Whitehead English mathematician and philosopher 1861 - 1947
Ch. 29, June 10, 1943.
„All is the Self or Brahman. The saint, the sinner, the lamb, the tiger, even the murderer, as far as they have any reality, can be nothing else, because there is nothing else.“
— Swami Vivekananda Indian Hindu monk and phylosopher 1863 - 1902
„If the thought enunciates an object as a truth, it is only as a challenge to this object's own self-fulfillment.“
— Jean Baudrillard French sociologist and philosopher 1929 - 2007
„No nation is truly defeated which retains its spiritual self-possession. No nation is truly victorious which does not emerge soul unstained.“
— Evelyn Underhill British saint, poet, novelist 1875 - 1941
Preface, p. 14
„Nothing of value is free. Even the breath of life is purchased at birth only through gasping effort and pain.“
— Robert A. Heinlein American science fiction author 1907 - 1988
„For the trouble with lying and decieving is that their efficiency depends entirely upon a clear notion of the truth that the liar and deceiver wishes to hide. In this sense, truth, even if it does not prevail in public, possesses an ineradicable primacy over all falsehoods.“
— Hannah Arendt Jewish-American political theorist 1906 - 1975
"Lying in Politics"
„It would be better to say that the true God is He to whom man truly prays and whom man truly desires. And there may even be a truer revelation in superstition itself than in theology.“
— Miguel de Unamuno 19th-20th century Spanish writer and philosopher 1864 - 1936
Context: And He is the God of the humble, for in the words of the Apostle, God chose the foolish things of the world to confound the wise and the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty (I Cor. i. 27) And God is in each of us in the measure in which one feels Him and loves Him. "If of two men," says Kierkegaard, "one prays to the true God without sincerity of heart, and the other prays to the an idol with all the passion of an infinite yearning, it is the first who really prays to the idol, while the second really prays to God." It would be better to say that the true God is He to whom man truly prays and whom man truly desires. And there may even be a truer revelation in superstition itself than in theology.
„When I really believe a thing, I mean that its truth possesses me... Truth is self-authenticating, and when it possesses me, nothing can shake it from its enthronement until some greater truth displaces it or gives it less prominence.“
— Leslie Weatherhead English theologian 1893 - 1976
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