Quotations About / On: WORLD

  • 61.
    The world is all that is the case. The world is the totality of facts, not of things.
    (Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-British philosopher. Trans. by D.F. Pears and B.F. McGuinness, Routledge and Kegan Paul (1961). Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 1-1.1.)
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  • 62.
    So successful has been the camera's role in beautifying the world that photographs, rather than the world, have become the standard of the beautiful.
    (Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. author. On Photography, ch. 4 (1977).)
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  • 63.
    While American men are fighting to rid the old world of autocracy let American women set to and rid the new world of this intolerable old burden of sex ignorance.
    (Crystal Eastman (1881-1928), U.S. author and political activist. On Women and Revolution, part 1 (1978). From an article originally published in Birth Control Review (January 1918) during World War I. To dispense information about birth control was then illegal.)
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  • 64.
    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).)
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  • 65.
    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).)
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  • 66.
    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).)
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  • 67.
    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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  • 68.
    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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  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    ... 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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