The world will little note nor long remember what we say here.
(Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. speech, Nov. 19, 1863. Gettysburg Address, Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 7, ed. Roy P. Basler (1953).
Lincoln's Gettysburg Addresstaking him only about three minutes to deliveris perhaps the most quoted speech of all time.)
Peradventure at this instant, there are beings gazing up to this very world as their future heaven.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Mardi (1849), ch. 175, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 3, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1970).
Spoken by Babbalanja, the philosopher.)
The world is a strange place for a playhouse to stand within it.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, pp. 68-69, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)