„How narrow we selfish conceited creatures are in our sympathies! How blind to the rights of all the rest of creation!“
— John Muir Scottish-born American naturalist and author 1838 - 1914
„An Individual has not started living fully until they can rise above the narrow confines of individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of humanity. Every person must decide at some point, whether they will walk in light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment: Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?“
— Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968
„[M]y ideal is that what we should do is to, to also rise above that and to achieve true non-racialism.“
— F. W. de Klerk South African politician 1936
On The Washington Journal of C-SPAN https://www.c-span.org/video/?124979-1/the-trek-beginning (11 June 1999)
— George Carlin American stand-up comedian 1937 - 2008
„May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.“
— Edward Abbey American author and essayist 1927 - 1989
Context: May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets' towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs, where deer walk across the white sand beaches, where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you — beyond that next turning of the canyon walls. Preface (dated June 1987) for 1988 reprint of Desert Solitaire
„The martyr sacrifices herself (himself in a few instances) entirely in vain. Or rather not in vain; for she (or he) makes the selfish more selfish, the lazy more lazy, the narrow narrower.“
— Florence Nightingale English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing 1820 - 1910
As quoted in Forever Yours (1990) by Martha Vicinus and Bea Nergaard , p. 275. Letter, c. 1867, to the scholar Benjamin Jowett.
„Don’t you wish you could rise powerfully above your time and name? I’m sure we all try, but here we are, always slipping and falling down into them, speaking their narrow language, though the subject, which is how to save the world--and quickly--is immense.“
— Grace Paley American writer and activist 1922 - 2007
"The Story Hearer"
„Ascend with me above the dust, above the cloud, to the realms of the higher geometry, where the heavens are never clouded“
— Benjamin Peirce American mathematician 1809 - 1880
Context: Ascend with me above the dust, above the cloud, to the realms of the higher geometry, where the heavens are never clouded; where there is no impure vapour, and no delusive or imperfect observation, where the new truths are already arisen, while they are yet dimly dawning on the world below; where the earth is a little planet; where the sun has dwindled to a star; where all the stars are lost in the Milky Way to which they belong; where the Milky Way is seen floating through space like any other nebula; where the whole great girdle of nebulae has diminished to an atom and has become as readily and completely submissive to the pen of the geometer, and the slave of his formula, as the single drop, which falls from the clouds, instinct with all the forces of the material world.
„We had some adverse conditions in the '60s, in the '70s and the '80s. The agency has risen above that in the past and will rise above that again.“
— Alan Shepard American astronaut 1923 - 1998
Elizabeth Kastor (February 21, 1987) "The Flight of Memory - Mercury Reunion Honors Glenn's Voyage", The Washington Post, p. G1.
„One family — we dwell in Him,
One church above, beneath,
Though now divided by the stream,
The narrow stream of death.“
— Charles Wesley English Methodist and hymn writer 1707 - 1788
„If we desire to do what will please God, and what will help men, we presently find ourselves taken out of our narrow habits of thought and action; we f1nd new elements of our nature called into activity; we are no longer running along a narrow track of selfish habit.“
— James Freeman Clarke American theologian and writer 1810 - 1888
— Pythagoras ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher -585 - -500 a.C.
„As we cast our gaze on the tumbling sea
A vision came o'er me
Of thundering hooves and beating wings
In clouds above.“
— Loreena McKennitt Canadian musician and composer 1957