„To be mortal is the most basic human experience, and yet man has never been able to accept it, grasp it, and behave accordingly. Man doesn't know how to be mortal. And when he dies, he doesn't even know how to be dead.“
„He doesn't understand from where the shot has come. He has never confronted a living Sophist. Only dead ones.“
— Robert M. Pirsig American writer and philosopher 1928
Context: No one sees it yet, but they will soon enough. The Chairman of the Committee on Analysis of Ideas and Study of Methods has just been shot down in his own classroom. Now he is speechless. He can't think of a word to say. The silence which so built his image at the beginning of the class is now destroying it. He doesn't understand from where the shot has come. He has never confronted a living Sophist. Only dead ones. Ch. 30
„We are all clever enough at envying a famous man while he is yet alive, and at praising him when he is dead.“
— Mimnermus ancient Greek poet 670
„The gunner tends to live with Death without giving thought to dying, the shot heard so deeply it is not heard at all. The gunner is the grouse while the grouse is living; he dies a little when the grouse is dead. They have that in common, the bird and he, and he had better know if he is worthy to terminate that glorious life. It is a responsibility not easy to face, yet he doesn't dare not face it.“
— George Bird Evans American writer 1906 - 1998
„The most beautiful and deepest experience a man can have is the sense of the mysterious. It is the underlying principle of religion as well as all serious endeavor in art and science. He who never had this experience seems to me, if not dead, then at least blind.“
— Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
Context: The most beautiful and deepest experience a man can have is the sense of the mysterious. It is the underlying principle of religion as well as all serious endeavor in art and science. He who never had this experience seems to me, if not dead, then at least blind. To sense that behind anything that can be experienced there is a something that our mind cannot grasp and whose beauty and sublimity reaches us only indirectly and as a feeble reflection, this is religiousness. In this sense I am religious. To me it suffices to wonder at these secrets and to attempt humbly to grasp with my mind a mere image of the lofty structure of all that there is.
„To himself every one is an immortal: he may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead.“
— Samuel Butler novelist 1835 - 1902
Ignorance of Death
— John Greenleaf Whittier American Quaker poet and advocate of the abolition of slavery 1807 - 1892
Ichabod, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)
„Man (and woman) has an infinite capacity for self-development. Equally, he has an infinite capacity for self-destruction. A human being may be clinically alive and yet, despite all appearances, spiritually dead.“
— Idries Shah, Learning How to Learn: Psychology and Spirituality in the Sufi Way
— Louis L'Amour Novelist, short story writer 1908 - 1988
Context: He had seen Hyle shoot, and he had seen only one man he thought was as good... just one. He'd seen Con Vallian down in the Bald Knob country that time, and Con was quick. He was almighty quick at a time when a man was either quick or he was dead. Ch. 4; L'amour here, and in the title of the work, uses a double entendre, with reference to archaic use of "quick" to mean "living" and a famous idiom regarding the living and the dead which originated in William Tyndale's English translation of the New Testament (1526), 2 Timothy 4:1: "I testifie therfore before god and before the lorde Iesu Christ which shall iudge quicke and deed at his aperynge in his kyngdom."
„Every morning the gazelle wakes up knowing she must run faster than the lion or will be dead. Every morning the lion wakes up knowing he must run faster than the gazelle or he'll starve. It doesn't matter if you are a lion or a gazelle: when the sun rises you better start to run.“
— Mia Couto Mozambican writer 1955
— Aeschylus ancient Athenian playwright -525 - -456 a.C.
lines 647–648 (tr. Herbert Weir Smyth)
„Listen to me: a family man is never a real family man. An assassin is never entirely assassin. They play a role, you understand. While a dead man, he is really dead. To be or not to be, right?“
— Jean Paul Sartre French existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary c... 1905 - 1980
Hugo, Act 4, sc. 6
„"A lovers' spat," he said. "You know how it is. Boy meets girl, girl wants boy dead. An everyday story, really."“
— David Gemmell British author of heroic fantasy 1948 - 2006
„I hope nothing valuable may have been taken from the house in spite of you, but you know what women are—they always want to do the best they can for the man who marries them, and never give another thought to the children of their first husband, nor to their father either when he is dead and done with.“
— Homér Ancient Greek epic poet, author of the Iliad and the Odyssey 750
XV. 19–23 (tr. Samuel Butler).