Quotations About / On:
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).)
Whether I get on in the world is a question; but I certainly don't get on very well with the world.
(D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. "Autobiographical Sketch," Assorted Articles, M. Secker (1930).)
To him who looks upon the world rationally, the world in its turn presents a rational aspect. The relation is mutual.
(Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. "Introduction," sct. 3, The Philosophy of History (1837).)
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).)
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).)
... 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).)
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.)
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.)
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).)