Quotations About / On: WORLD

  • 41.
    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).)
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  • 42.
    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).)
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  • 43.
    Anyone who loves his neighbor within the limits of the world is doing no more and no less injustice than someone who loves himself within the limits of the world.
    (Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Third Notebook, December 9, 1917. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. Exact Change, Cambridge, MA (1991). Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins, New York, Schocken Books (1954).)
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  • 44.
    ... the spiritual world is here and now and indisputably and preeminently real. It is the material world that is the realm of shadows.
    (Amelia E. Barr, U.S. novelist. All the Days of My Life, ch. 1 (1913).)
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  • 45.
    All men whilst they are awake are in one common world: but each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own.
    (Plutarch (46-120), Greek essayist, biographer. "Of Superstition," Morals.)
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  • 46.
    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.)
  • 47.
    In order for the artist to have a world to express he must first be situated in this world, oppressed or oppressing, resigned or rebellious, a man among men.
    (Simone De Beauvoir (1908-1986), French novelist, essayist. The Ethics of Ambiguity, ch. 1 (1948).)
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  • 48.
    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).)
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  • 49.
    I can conceive of nothing worse than a man-governed world—except a woman-governed world.
    (Nancy Astor (1879-1964), British politician. "America," ch. 1, My Two Countries (1923).)
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  • 50.
    In the world of language, or in other words in the world of art and liberal education, religion necessarily appears as mythology or as Bible.
    (Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 38 in Selected Ideas (1799-1800), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).)
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