„The Tao is like a well:
used but never used up.
It is like the eternal void:
filled with infinite possibilities. It is hidden but always present.
I don't know who gave birth to it.
It is older than God.“
Source: Tao Te Ching, Ch. 4, as interpreted by Stephen Mitchell (1992)
— Voltaire French writer, historian, and philosopher 1694 - 1778
„Well, I never been to Spain
But I kinda like the music
Say the ladies are insane there
And they sure know how to use it“
— Hoyt Axton American country singer 1938 - 1999
Never Been to Spain · Three Dog Night performance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKSrHMqQTEI · Elvis Presley performance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62s5QIB3WXE
Joy To The World (1971)
Context: Well, I never been to Spain
But I kinda like the music
Say the ladies are insane there
And they sure know how to use it
They don't abuse it, never gonna lose it
I can't refuse it.
„When you're older you'll know what people who love suffer. The agony. It's better to be cold and young than to love. It's happened to me before but never like this - so accidental - just when everything was going well.“
Source: Tender Is the Night
„As creation was the result of eternal and infinite wisdom, justice, goodness, and truth, and effected by infinite power, it is like its great author, mysterious to us.“
— Ethan Allen American general 1738 - 1789
Source: Reason: The Only Oracle Of Man (1784), Ch. II Section I - Of The Eternity of Creation
Context: As creation was the result of eternal and infinite wisdom, justice, goodness, and truth, and effected by infinite power, it is like its great author, mysterious to us. How it could be accomplished, or in what manner performed, can never be comprehended by any capacity.
Eternal, whether applied to duration, existence, action, or creation, is incomprehensible to us, but implies no contradiction in either of them; for that which is above comprehension we cannot perceive to be contradictory, nor on the other hand can we perceive its rationality or consistency.
„Christ should leave us. He is too much with us and I don't like his friends. We have no hope of recovering Christ until Christ leaves us. There is after all something worse than being God-forsaken. It is when God overstays his welcome and take up with the wrong people.“
The Last Gentleman (1966)
„He felt as if his heart had dried up. I needed her he thought. I needed someone like her to fill the void inside me. But I wasn’t able to fill the void inside her. Until the bitter end, the emptiness inside her was hers alone.“
Source: Kafka on the Shore
„Well, since paradoxes are at hand, let us see how it might be demonstrated that in a finite continuous extension it is not impossible for infinitely many voids to be found.“
— Galileo Galilei Italian mathematician, physicist, philosopher and astronomer 1564 - 1642
Salviati, First Day, Stillman Drake translation (1974)
Dialogues and Mathematical Demonstrations Concerning Two New Sciences (1638)
„In this preaching, which is always respectful and gentle, the first step is personal dialogue, when the other person speaks and shares his or her joys, hopes and concerns for loved ones, or so many other heartfelt needs. Only afterwards is it possible to bring up God’s word, perhaps by reading a Bible verse or relating a story, but always keeping in mind the fundamental message: the personal love of God who became man, who gave himself up for us, who is living and who offers us his salvation and his friendship.“
— Pope Francis 266th Pope of the Catholic Church 1936
2010s, 2013, Evangelii Gaudium · The Joy of the Gospel
„True love is eternal, infinite, always like unto itself; it is equable, pure, without violent demonstration“
— Honoré de Balzac French writer 1799 - 1850
Le lys dans la vallée http://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/Le_Lys_dans_la_vall%C3%A9e (1836), translated by Katharine Prescott Wormeley, part II: First Love.
Context: True love is eternal, infinite, always like unto itself; it is equable, pure, without violent demonstration; white hair often covers the head, but the heart that holds it is ever young.
— Hanif Kureishi English playwright, screenwriter, novelist 1954
The Black Album, Uncle Asif, Chapter One, (1995).
„I got disappointed in human nature as well and gave it up because I found it too much like my own.“
A Fairy Tale of New York (London: Eyre Methuen, 1973) p. 224.
„I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him.“
— Clive Staples Lewis Christian apologist, novelist, and Medievalist 1898 - 1963
Letter (19 April 1951); published in Letters of C. S. Lewis (1966), p. 230
„To love life and men as God loves them —
for the sake of
their infinite possibilities,
to wait like Him,
to judge like Him,
without passing judgment,
to obey the order when it is given
and never look back.“
— Dag Hammarskjöld Swedish diplomat, economist, and author 1905 - 1961
„As I approach my 90th birthday, my friends are asking how it feels like, to have completed 90 orbits around the Sun. Well, I actually don't feel a day older than 89!“
— Arthur C. Clarke British science fiction writer, science writer, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host 1917 - 2008
90th Birthday Reflections (2007)
„Google never did any advertising. They're like dealers; they sell the stuff, but they know better than to use it themselves.“
— Paul Graham English programmer, venture capitalist, and essayist 1964
"How to Start a Startup" http://www.paulgraham.com/start.html, March 2005
„Confession should be only in secret before God, who knows everything anyway, and thus it could remain hidden in one‘s innermost being. But at a dinner – and a woman! A dinner-it is not some hidden, remote place, nor is the lighting dim, nor is the mood like that among graves, nor are the listeners silent or invisibly present.“
— Sören Kierkegaard Danish philosopher and theologian, founder of Existentialism 1813 - 1855
Three Discourses at Friday Communion November 14, 1849 Hong translation 1997 P. 139
1840s, Three Discourses at the Communion on Fridays (1849)