„The essence of things is eternal“
„And killing time is perhaps the essence of comedy, just as the essence of tragedy is killing eternity.“
— Miguel de Unamuno 19th-20th century Spanish writer and philosopher 1864 - 1936
„A one transcendent, universal, original and sempiternal Divinity or divine Essence, Consciousness, Force and Bliss is the fount and continent and inhabitant of things.
Soul, nature, life are only a manifestation or partial phenomenon of this self-aware Eternity and this conscious Eternal.“
— Sri Aurobindo Indian nationalist, freedom fighter, philosopher, yogi, guru and poet 1872 - 1950
Context: The fundamental idea of all Indian religion is one common to the highest human thinking everywhere. The supreme truth of all that is is a Being or an existence beyond the mental and physical appearances we contact here. Beyond mind, life and body there is a Spirit and Self containing all that is finite and infinite, surpassing all that is relative, a supreme Absolute, originating and supporting all that is transient, a one Eternal. A one transcendent, universal, original and sempiternal Divinity or divine Essence, Consciousness, Force and Bliss is the fount and continent and inhabitant of things. Soul, nature, life are only a manifestation or partial phenomenon of this self-aware Eternity and this conscious Eternal.
— Wilhelm Lehmbruck German sculptor 1881 - 1919
As quoted in Expressionism (2004) by Norbert Wolf and Uta Grosenick, p. 64
„Only in movement do we find the true essence of things. Today we can no longer believe in permanent laws, defined religions, durable architecture or eternal kingdoms. Immutability does not exist. All is movement. All is static.“
— Jean Tinguely Swiss painter and sculptor 1925 - 1991
„Names and attributes must be accommodated to the essence of things, and not the essence to the names, since things come first and names afterwards.“
— Galileo Galilei, Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo
As quoted in Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo (1957) by Stillman Drake, p. 92 Variant translation: Names and attributes must be accommodated to the essence of things, and not the essence to the names, because things came first, and their names subsequently.
Grant me through obvious clouds one transient gleam
Of thy bright essence in my dying hour!“
— William Beckford English novelist 1760 - 1844
"A Prayer", line 14; cited from Cyrus Redding Memoirs of William Beckford of Fonthill (London: Charles J. Skeet, 1859) vol. 2, p. 283.
„There are who separate the eternal light
In forms of man and woman, day and night;
They cannot bear that God be essence quite.“
— Margaret Fuller American feminist, poet, author, and activist 1810 - 1850
— Abd Al-Hamid Al-Ansari
Former Dean of Islamic Law at Qatar University Abd Al-Hamid Al-Ansari: The Innocent Pay the Price for the Incitement by the Preachers of Hatred, MEMRI, December 9, 2007 http://www.memritv.org/clip_transcript/en/1656.htm,
— Baruch Spinoza, Spinoza in der europäischen Geistesgeschichte
„[S]ince the essence of the soul is but a will to bestow, and all its manifestations and possessions are fulfillments of that will to bestow (…) therefore it is immortal and irreplaceable. The soul, with all its manifestations is eternal and exists forever. Absence does not apply to them upon the departure of the body. On the contrary, the absence of the corrupted form of the body, greatly strengthens it, thus enabling it to rise to the Heavens. Thus we have clearly shown that the persistence in no way depends upon the concepts it has acquired, as philosophers claim, but its eternality is in its very essence, meaning in its will to bestow, which is its essence. And the concepts it acquires are its reward, not its essence.“
— Yehuda Ashlag Orthodox Jewish Rabbi and Kabbalist 1885 - 1954
„To have real knowledge, one must understand the essence of things and not only their manifestations.“
— Daniel Barenboim Israeli Argentine-born pianist and conductor 1942
Proms 2013: Daniel Barenboim interview http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2012/nov/02/daniel-barenboim-conductor-interview, 8 May 2013.
„Look to the essence of a thing, whether it be a point of doctrine, of practice, or of interpretation.“
— Marcus Aurelius Emperor of Ancient Rome 121 - 180
Πρόσεχε τῷ ὑποκειμένῳ ἢ τῇ ἐνεργείᾳ ἢ τῷ δόγματι ἢ τῷ σημαινομένῳ. VIII, 22