„The universe has no circumference“
„They are at least proof of the inalienable part played, in the functioning of our complex vision, by sensation as an organ of research. But they have a further interest. They are an illuminating revelation of the inherent character and personal bias of the individual soul who is philosophizing. I suppose to a great many minds what we call "the universe" presents itself as a colossal circle, without any circumference, filled with an innumerable number of material objects floating in some thin attenuated ether. I suppose the centre of this circle with no circumference is generally assumed to be the "self" or "soul" of the person projecting this particular image.“
— John Cowper Powys British writer, lecturer and philosopher 1872 - 1963
„Growing has no connection with audience.
Audience has no connection with identity.
Identity has no connection with a universe.
A universe has no connection with human nature.“
— Gertrude Stein American art collector and experimental writer of novels, poetry and plays 1874 - 1946
— Marcus Aurelius Emperor of Ancient Rome 121 - 180
Context: The universal nature has no external space; but the wondrous part of her art is that though she has circumscribed herself, everything which is within her which appears to decay and to grow old and to be useless she changes into herself, and again makes other new things from these very same, so that she requires neither substance from without nor wants a place into which she may cast that which decays. She is content then with her own space, and her own matter, and her own art. VIII, 50
„... there is something about time and space that is not real, and something about us that is. However man may have tumbled into this world of indefinite space, he does not belong to it at all. Real space for him is the eternal here; where we are is always the center of the universe, and the circumference of the universe, just as real time is the 'eternal Now' of our personal experience. (p. 46)“
— Northrop Frye Canadian literary critic and literary theorist 1912 - 1991
— Dan Simmons American novelist 1948
Chapter 25 (p. 548)
— Leonardo Da Vinci Italian Renaissance polymath 1452 - 1519
— Maya Angelou American author and poet 1928 - 2014
— Pierre Teilhard De Chardin French philosopher and Jesuit priest 1881 - 1955
Cosmic Life (1916)
„A man said to the universe:
"Sir I exist!"
"However," replied the universe,
"The fact has not created in me
A sense of obligation."“
— Stephen Crane, War Is Kind and Other Poems
A Man Said to the Universe, No. 20
„The universal civilization has been a long time in the making. It wasn't always universal; it wasn't always as attractive as it is today.“
— V.S. Naipaul Trinidadian-British writer of Indo-Nepalese ancestry 1932
Context: The universal civilization has been a long time in the making. It wasn't always universal; it wasn't always as attractive as it is today. The expansion of Europe gave it for at least three centuries a racial taint, which still causes pain. … This idea of the pursuit of happiness is at the heart of the attractiveness of the civilization to so many outside it or on its periphery. I find it marvelous to contemplate to what an extent, after two centuries, and after the terrible history of the earlier part of this century, the idea has come to a kind of fruition. It is an elastic idea; it fits all men. It implies a certain kind of society, a certain kind of awakened spirit. I don't imagine my father's Hindu parents would have been able to understand the idea. So much is contained in it: the idea of the individual, responsibility, choice, the life of the intellect, the idea of vocation and perfectibility and achievement. It is an immense human idea. It cannot be reduced to a fixed system. It cannot generate fanaticism. But it is known to exist, and because of that, other more rigid systems in the end blow away. "Our Universal Civilization" in The New York Times (5 November 1990) https://www.nytimes.com/1990/11/05/opinion/our-universal-civilization.html
„Think of the universal substance, of which thou has a very small portion; and of universal time, of which a short and indivisible interval has been assigned to thee; and of that which is fixed by destiny, and how small a part of it thou art“
— Marcus Aurelius, The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
— Henry Miller American novelist 1891 - 1980