Quotations About / On: WORLD

  • 71.
    Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art. Even more. It is the revenge of the intellect upon the world. To interpret is to impoverish, to deplete the world—in order to set up a shadow world of "meanings."
    (Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. repr. In Against Interpretation (1966). "Against Interpretation," sect. 4, Evergreen Review (December 1964).)
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  • 72.
    How do you know what the world is like? Do you know the world is a foul sty? Do you know if you rip the fronts off houses you'd find swine? The world is a hell. What does it matter what happens in it?
    (Thornton Wilder (1897-1975), U.S. playwright, screenwriter, Sally Benson (1900-1972), Alma Reville (1900-1982), British screenwriter, and Alfred Hitchcock. Charles Oakley (Joseph Cotten), Shadow of a Doubt (1942). To his niece Charlie (Teresa Wright).)
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  • 73.
    There is nothing besides a spiritual world; what we call the world of the senses is the Evil in the spiritual world, and what we call Evil is only the necessity of a moment in our eternal evolution.
    (Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Third Notebook, December 8, 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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  • 74.
    If we cannot accept the importance of the world, which considers itself important, if in the midst of that world our laughter finds no echo, we have but one choice: to take the world as a whole and make it the object of our game; to turn it into a toy.
    (Milan Kundera (b. 1929), Czech author, critic. Immortality, pt. 7, ch. 5 (1991).)
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  • 75.
    [Children] do not yet lie to themselves and therefore have not entered upon that important tacit agreement which marks admission into the adult world, to wit, that I will respect your lies if you will agree to let mine alone. That unwritten contract is one of the clear dividing lines between the world of childhood and the world of adulthood.
    (Leontine Young (20th century), U.S. social worker and author. Life Among the Giants, ch. 2 (1965).)
  • 76.
    You know, it's not the world that was my oppressor, because what the world does to you, if the world does it to you long enough and effectively enough, you begin to do to yourself.
    (James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. conversation in London, Nov. 4, 1971, with Nikki Giovanni. A Dialogue (1973).)
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  • 77.
    The world is ... the natural setting of, and field for, all my thoughts and all my explicit perceptions. Truth does not "inhabit" only "the inner man," or more accurately, there is no inner man, man is in the world, and only in the world does he know himself.
    (Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1907-1961), French philosopher. Phenomenology of Perception, preface (1945).)
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  • 78.
    Evil is ... a moral entity and not a created one, an eternal and not a perishable entity: it existed before the world; it constituted the monstrous, the execrable being who was also to fashion such a hideous world. It will hence exist after the creatures which people this world.
    (Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Saint-Fond, in L'Histoire de Juliette, ou les Prospérités du Vice, pt. 2 (1797).)
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  • 79.
    This world crisis came about without women having anything to do with it. If the women of the world had not been excluded from world affairs, things today might have been different.
    (Alice Paul (1885-1977), U.S. feminist. As quoted in Movers and Shakers, ch. 3, by June Sochem (1973). Said in 1941.)
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  • 80.
    Sometimes, we as Christians forget that we are also living in the physical world. We are not of this world but still passing through. We've been commanded to impact the major systems of the world.
    (Spiritual)
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