— Torquato Tasso Italian poet 1544 - 1595
Gerusalemme Liberata (1581), Canto II, stanza 18 (tr. Fairfax)
— Torquato Tasso Italian poet 1544 - 1595
„I think what the Nobel committee is doing is going beyond war and looking at what humanity can do to prevent war. Sustainable management of our natural resources will promote peace.“
— Wangari Maathai Kenyan environmental and political activist 1940 - 2011
Interview in TIME (10 October 2004)
— Michel Foucault, Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason
„The cast of mind which is natural to a discreet man, make him look forward into futurity, and consider what will be his condition millions of ages hence, as well as what it is at present.“
— Joseph Addison politician, writer and playwright 1672 - 1719
The Tatler (1711–1714), Context: The cast of mind which is natural to a discreet man, make him look forward into futurity, and consider what will be his condition millions of ages hence, as well as what it is at present. He knows that the misery or happiness which are reserved for him in another world, lose nothing of their reality by being placed at so great a distance from him. The objects do not appear little to him because they are remote. He considers that those pleasures and pains which lie hid in eternity, approach nearer to him every moment, and will be present with him in their full weight and measure, as much as those pains and pleasures which he feels at this very instant. For this reason he is careful to secure to himself that which is the proper happiness of his nature, and the ultimate design of his being. He carries his thoughts to the end of every action, and considers the most distant as well as the most immediate effects of it. He supersedes every little prospect of gain and advantage which offers itself here, if he does not find it consistent with his views of an hereafter. In a word, his hopes are full of immortality, his schemes are large and glorious, and his conduct suitable to one who knows his true interest, and how to pursue it by proper methods. No. 225.
„We define a fruitful partnership between our twin professions of librarian and information systems scientist in support of this adventure in creativity, and the pursuit of wisdom? If it is the nature of the creative mind that it sets out to grapple with the tensions and contradictions in the "paradigm", as Kuhn calls it, it follows that first of all one must know what the paradigm is.“
— Douglas John Foskett 1918 - 2004
Librarians and Information Systems (1995)
„What then is the universe for, and for what final purpose is man the immortal thinker here in evolution? It is all for the experience and emancipation of the soul, for the purpose of raising the entire mass of manifested matter up to the stature, nature, and dignity of conscious god-hood. The great aim is to reach self-consciousness; not through a race or a tribe or some favored nation, but by and through the perfecting, after transformation, of the whole mass of matter as well as what we now call soul. Nothing is or is to be left out. The aim for present man is his initiation into complete knowledge, and for the other kingdoms below him that they may be raised up gradually from stage to stage to be in time initiated also.“
— William Quan Judge American occult writer 1851 - 1896
Chapter 8, Of Reincarnation
„Lastly, what is history for? This is perhaps a harder question than the others; a man who answers it will have to reflect rather more widely than a man who answers the three we have answered already. He must reflect not only on historical thinking but on other things as well, because to say that something is `for' something implies a distinction between A and B, where A is good for something and B is that for which something is good. But I will suggest an answer, and express the opinion that no historian would reject it, although the further questions to which it gives rise are numerous and difficult.
My answer is that history is `for' human self-knowledge. It is generally thought to be of importance to man that he should know himself: where knowing himself means knowing not his merely personal peculiarities, the things that distinguish him from other men, but his nature as man. Knowing yourself means knowing, first, what it is to be a man; secondly, knowing what it is to be the kind of man you are; and thirdly, knowing what it is to be the man you are and nobody else is. Knowing yourself means knowing what you can do; and since nobody knows what he can do until he tries, the only clue to what man can do is what man has done. The value of history, then, is that it teaches us what man has done and thus what man is.“
— R. G. Collingwood British historian and philosopher 1889 - 1943
The Idea of History (1946), p. 10
„It would be as natural for a full-grown tiger to mew as for a man released from the slavery of imitations ever to go back to his neighbor again with: “What do you think of this? What do you advise about that?”“
— Henry S. Haskins 1875 - 1957
Meditations in Wall Street (1940), p. 52
„What means this heaviness that hangs upon me?
This lethargy that creeps through all my senses?
Nature, oppress'd and harrass'd out with care,
Sinks down to rest.“
— Joseph Addison, livro Cato
Cato, A Tragedy (1713), Act V, scene i.
„Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term "Art," I should call it "the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul." The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of "Artist".“
— Edgar Allan Poe American author, poet, editor and literary critic 1809 - 1849
Marginalia http://www.easylit.com/poe/comtext/prose/margin.shtml (November 1844)
„It is the peculiar nature of the world to go on spinning no matter what sort of heartbreak is happening.“
— Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees (2002)
„I love nature, what is not beautiful in nature, there are no ugly things. Sometimes the world oppresses me and then I always go back to nature, the source of all things. (translation from Dutch: Fons Heijnsbroek, 2018)“
— Gerrit Benner Dutch painter 1897 - 1981
undated quotes, version in original Dutch (citaat van Gerrit Benner, in het Nederlands:) Ik hou van de natuur, wat is niet mooi in de natuur, er zijn geen lelijke dingen. Soms benauwt de wereld me en dan kom ik altijd terug bij de natuur, de bron van alle dingen. as cited on website De Canon: ‘Gerrit Benner’ http://www.11en30.nu/de-canon-vensters/gerrit-benner
„The gnani is afraid of nothing. But he pities the man who is afraid. After all, to be born, to live and to die is natural. To be afraid is not. (…).“
— Nisargadatta Maharaj Indian guru 1897 - 1981
Courage, Source: I am That, P.183.
„What are mortals for?—Their business is to know. Know? And what is to know?—It is assuredly: not to be what one is.—And so here are humans raving and thinking, introducing into nature the principle of unlimited error, and myriads of marvels!“
— Paul Valéry French poet, essayist, and philosopher 1871 - 1945
L'Âme et la danse (1921), Eryximachus, p. 52