„Our minds are finite, and yet even in these circumstances of finitude we are surrounded by possibilities that are infinite, and the purpose of human life is to grasp as much as we can out of the infinitude.“
— Alfred North Whitehead English mathematician and philosopher 1861 - 1947
Ch. 21, June 28, 1941.
— Albert Schweitzer French-German physician, theologian, musician and philosopher 1875 - 1965
Context: When Christianity becomes conscious of its innermost nature, it realizes that it is godliness rising our of inward constraint. The highest knowledge is to know that we are surrounded by mystery. Neither knowledge nor hope for the future can be the pivot of our life or determine its direction. It is intended to be solely determined by our allowing ourselves to be gripped by the ethical God, who reveals Himself in us, and by our yielding our will to His. p. 102
„We live on an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance. As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance.“
— John Archibald Wheeler American physicist 1911 - 2008
Scientific American (1992), Vol. 267.
„Happiness isn't something that depends on our surroundings... It's something we make inside ourselves.“
— Corrie ten Boom Dutch resistance hero and writer 1892 - 1983
— Menander Athenian playwright of New Comedy -342 - -291 a.C.
— Emil M. Cioran Romanian philosopher and essayist 1911 - 1995
— J. G. Ballard British writer 1930 - 2009
Context: Human beings today … are surrounded by huge institutions we can never penetrate: the City [London's Wall Street], the banking system, political and advertising conglomerates, vast entertainment enterprises. They've made themselves user friendly, but they define the tastes to which we conform. They're rather subtle, subservient tyrants, but no less sinister for that. "Kafka in the Present Day", originally published in [London] Sunday Times (1983)
„The values of the world we inhabit and the people we surround ourselves with have a profound effect on who we are.“
— Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success
— Honoré de Balzac French writer 1799 - 1850
„Even though we often mess up, most of us are doing the best that we know how with the circumstances that surround us.“
— Richard Carlson, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff ... and it's all small stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life
„We are alone, absolutely alone on this chance planet: and, amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog, has made an alliance with us.“
— Maurice Maeterlinck Belgian playwright, poet, and essayist 1862 - 1949
My Dog (1906)