„There is nothing man desires more than a heroic life: there is nothing less common to men than heroism.“
— Jacques Maritain French philosopher 1882 - 1973
True Humanism (1938), p. xi.
„Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.“
— Marie Curie French-Polish physicist and chemist 1867 - 1934
„"The meaning of culture" is nothing less than the conduct of life itself, fortified, thickened, made more crafty and subtle, by contact with books and with art.“
— John Cowper Powys British writer, lecturer and philosopher 1872 - 1963
„But suppose we were to teach creationism. What would be the content of the teaching? Merely that a creator formed the universe and all species of life ready-made? Nothing more? No details?“
— Isaac Asimov American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, known for his works of science fiction and popula... 1920 - 1992
"The Dangerous Myth of Creationism" in Penthouse (January 1982); <!-- Buffalo, New York: Prometheus Books -->
„You ask “What is life?” That is the same as asking “What is a carrot?” A carrot is a carrot and we know nothing more.“
— Anton Chekhov Russian dramatist, author and physician 1860 - 1904
Letter to his wife, Olga Knipper Chekhov (April 20, 1904)
„Tomas stopped and looked at the three Oankali. “Do you believe in spirits?”
“We believe in life,” Ahajas said.
“Life after death?”
Ahajas smoothed her tentacles briefly in agreement. “When I’m dead,” she said, “I will nourish other life.”
“But I mean—”
“If I died on a lifeless world, a world that could sustain some form of life if it were tenacious enough, organelles within each cell of my body would survive and evolve. In perhaps a thousand million years, that world would be as full of life as this one.”
“... it would?”
“Yes. Our ancestors have seeded a great many barren worlds that way. Nothing is more tenacious than the life we are made of. A world of life from apparent death, from dissolution. That’s what we believe in.”
Ahajas became smooth enough with amusement to reflect firelight. “No, Lelka. Nothing more.”“
— Octavia E. Butler American science fiction writer 1947 - 2006
Chapter II, “Exile” section 12 (pp. 662-663).
„The instinctive Indian sense that nothing begins and nothing ends. We are all living in an eternal present in which what was and what will be is contained in what is, or to put it in a more contemporary idiom, that life is a series of sequel to history.“
— Shashi Tharoor Indian politician, diplomat, author 1956
„In theory there is nothing to hinder our following what we are taught; but in life there are many things to draw us aside.“
— Epictetus philosopher from Ancient Greece 50 - 138
Book I, ch. 26.
„Art is nothing but the expression of our dream; the more we surrender to it the closer we get to the inner truth of things, our dream-life, the true life that scorns questions and does not see them.“
— Franz Marc German painter 1880 - 1916
quote from Franz Marc's note in 1907, he wrote down on his return from Paris; as cited by , in Expressionism; Praeger Publishers, New York, 1973, p. 126
„Warm, eager, living life — to be rooted in life — to learn, to desire to know, to feel, to think, to act. That is what I want. And nothing less.“
— Katherine Mansfield New Zealand author 1888 - 1923
Context: Warm, eager, living life — to be rooted in life — to learn, to desire to know, to feel, to think, to act. That is what I want. And nothing less. That is what I must try for. … This all sounds very strenuous and serious. But now that I have wrestled with it, it’s no longer so. I feel happy — deep down. All is well. Entry in her journal (10 October 1922) which she tore out to send to John Middleton Murry, before changing her mind. This later became the last published entry in The Journal of Katherine Mansfield (1927) edited by J. Middleton Murry
„What's lost is nothing to what's found, and all the death that ever was, set next to life, would scarcely fill a cup.“
— Frederick Buechner Poet, novelist, short story writer, theologian 1926
— William Morris author, designer, and craftsman 1834 - 1896
"The Hill of Venus".
„Nothing,' wrote Tolstoy, 'can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.“
— Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun