„As a result of a thousand million years of evolution, the universe is becoming conscious of itself, able to understand something of its past history and its possible future.“
— Julian Huxley English biologist, philosopher, author 1887 - 1975
Context: As a result of a thousand million years of evolution, the universe is becoming conscious of itself, able to understand something of its past history and its possible future. This cosmic self-awareness is being realized in one tiny fragment of the universe — in a few of us human beings. Perhaps it has been realized elsewhere too, through the evolution of conscious living creatures on the planets of other stars. But on this our planet, it has never happened before.
„Everything in nature is lyrical in its ideal essence, tragic in its fate, and comic in its existence.“
— George Santayana 20th-century Spanish-American philosopher associated with Pragmatism 1863 - 1952
— Maurice Maeterlinck Belgian playwright, poet, and essayist 1862 - 1949
As quoted in Optimum Sports Nutrition (1993) by Michael Colgan, p. 144
„They came three thousand miles, and died,
To keep the Past upon its throne;
Unheard, beyond the ocean tide,
Their English mother made her moan.“
— James Russell Lowell American poet, critic, editor, and diplomat 1819 - 1891
Graves of Two English Soldiers on Concord Battleground, st. 3 (1849)
„The mistakes and unresolved difficulties of the past in mathematics have always been the opportunities of its future;“
— Eric Temple Bell mathematician and science fiction author born in Scotland who lived in the United States for most of his life 1883 - 1960
Context: The mistakes and unresolved difficulties of the past in mathematics have always been the opportunities of its future; and should analysis ever appear to be without or blemish, its perfection might only be that of death. p. 283
„Chorus: Let not thy love to man o'erleap the bounds
Of reason, nor neglect thy wretched state:
So my fond hope suggests thou shalt be free
From these base chains, nor less in power than Jove.
Prometheus: Not thus — it is not in the Fates that thus
These things should end; crush'd with a thousand wrongs,
A thousand woes, I shall escape these chains.
Necessity is stronger far than art.
Chorus: Who then is ruler of necessity?
Prometheus: The triple Fates and unforgetting Furies.
Chorus: Must Jove then yield to their superior power?
Prometheus: He no way shall escape his destined fate.
Chorus: What, but eternal empire, is his fate?
Prometheus: Thou mayst not know this now: forbear to inquire.
Chorus: Is it of moment what thou keep'st thus close?
Prometheus: No more of this discourse; it is not time
Now to disclose that which requires the seal
Of strictest secresy; by guarding which I shall escape the misery of these chains.“
— Aeschylus ancient Athenian playwright -525 - -456 a.C.
lines 510–524, as translated by R. Potter (1860)
„This death to the logic of emotional commitments of our chance moment in the world of space and time, this recognition of, the shift of our emphasis to, the universal life that throbs and celebrates its victory in the very kiss of our own annihilation, this amor fati, "love of fate," love of the fate that is inevitably death, constitutes the experience of the tragic art...“
— Joseph Campbell American mythologist, writer and lecturer 1904 - 1987
„Read nothing from the past one hundred years; eat no fruits from the past one thousand years; drink nothing from the past four thousand years (just wine and water); but talk to no ordinary man over forty.“
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb Lebanese-American essayist, scholar, statistician, former trader and risk analyst 1960
„To us Germans everything is religion. What we do we do not merely with our hands and brains, but with our hearts and souls. This has often become a tragic fate for us.“
— Baldur von Schirach German Nazi leader convicted of crimes against humanity in the Nuremberg trial 1907 - 1974
Quoted in "The Face of the Third Reich: Portraits of the Nazi Leadership" - by Joachim C. Fest - History - 1999 - Page 220
„The Future is more present than the Past :
For one look back, a thousand on we cast;
And hope doth ever memory outlast.“
— Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838
(1834-1) (Vol.40) The Future, compare Ethel Churchill (or The Two Brides) I, 31
„Here was irrefutable proof that he was using the Holocaust to speak of the extermination of animal life. Doomed creatures that could not speak for themselves were being given the voice of a most articulate people who had been similarly doomed. He was seeing the tragic fate of animals through the tragic fate of Jews. The Holocaust as allegory.“
— Yann Martel Canadian author best known for the book Life of Pi 1963