„My aging body transmits an ageless life stream.“
„There is a certain part of all of us that lives outside of time. Perhaps we become aware of our age only at exceptional moments and most of the time we are ageless.“
— Milan Kundera Czech author of Czech and French literature 1929
— John Cleese, Life and How to Survive It
— Al-Mutanabbi Arabic poet from the Abbasid era 915 - 965
„The Bards also, who by the praises of their verse transmit to distant ages the fame of heroes slain in battle, poured forth at ease their lays in abundance.“
— Marcus Annaeus Lucanus Roman poet 39 - 65
Book I, line 447 (tr. J. D. Duff).
„Is there not
An art, a music, and a stream of words
That shalt be life, the acknowledged voice of life?“
— William Wordsworth English Romantic poet 1770 - 1850
The Recluse, l. 401 (1805).
„The life of Christ concerns Him who, being the holiest among the mighty, and the mightiest among the holy, lifted with His pierced hand empires off their hinges, and turned the stream of centuries out of its channel, and still governs the ages.“
— Jean Paul German novelist 1763 - 1825
„The cold mountain turns dark green.
The autumn stream flows murmuring on.
Leaning on my staff beneath the wicket gate,
In the rushing wind I hear the cry of the aged cicada.“
— Wang Wei a Tang dynasty Chinese poet, musician, painter, and statesman 699 - 759
"The Cold Mountain"
„Saying that what we call our “selves” consist only of our bodies and that reason, soul, and love arise only from the body, is like saying that what we call our body is equivalent to the food that feeds the body. It is true that my body is only made up of digested food and that my body would not exist without food, but my body is not the same as food. Food is what the body needs for life, but it is not the body itself. The same thing is true of my soul. It is true that without my body there would not be that which I call my soul, but my soul is not my body. The soul may need the body, but the body is not the soul.“
— Leo Tolstoy Russian writer 1828 - 1910
— Oprah Winfrey American businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist 1954
Context: What I learned at a very early age was that I was responsible for my life. And as I became more spiritually conscious, I learned that we all are responsible for ourselves, that you create your own reality by the way you think and therefore act. You cannot blame apartheid, your parents, your circumstances, because you are not your circumstances. You are your possibilities. If you know that, you can do anything. O Magazine (January 2007), pages 160 & 217
— Atal Bihari Vajpayee 10th Prime Minister of India 1924
His poem quoted in "The truth according to Vajpayee".
— Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838
All from The Vow of the Peacock (Title Poem - Introduction)