Quotations About / On: WORLD
The subject does not belong to the world; rather, it is a limit of the world.
(Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher (worked mainly at Cambridge University). Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, sect. 5.632, Routledge & Kegan Paul (2nd ed., 1961).)
Even a minor event in the life of a child is an event of that child's world and thus a world event.
(Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962), French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist. "The Phoenix, a Linguistic Phenomenon," ch. 1, Fragments of a Poetics of Fire (1988, trans. 1990).)
The world leans on us. When we sag, the whole world seems to droop.
(Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 237 (1955).)
The world is chaos. Nothingness is the yet-to-be-born god of the world.
(Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act IV (1835).)
The world is the best of all possible worlds, and everything in it is a necessary evil.
(F.H. (Francis Herbert) Bradley (1846-1924), Welsh philosopher. Appearance and Reality, preface (1893).
See Voltaire and Cabell on pessimism.)
France may claim the happiest marriages in the world, but the happiest divorces in the world are "made in America."
(Helen Rowland (1875-1950), U.S. journalist. "What Every Woman Wonders," A Guide to Men (1922).)
I can conceive of nothing worse than a man-governed worldexcept a woman-governed world.
(Nancy Astor (1879-1964), British politician. "America," ch. 1, My Two Countries (1923).)
Anyone afraid of what he thinks television does to the world is probably just afraid of the world.
(Clive James (b. 1939), Australian writer, critic. Glued to the Box, introduction (1983).)
Not only does the world scarcely know who the Latin American man is, the world has barely cared.
(Georgie Anne Geyer (b. 1935), U.S. author, columnist. The New Latins, introduction (1970).)
You don't have to be old in America to say of a world you lived in, That world is gone.
(Peggy Noonan (b. 1950), U.S. author, presidential speechwriter. What I Saw at the Revolution, ch. 1 (1990).)