— Lin Yutang Chinese writer 1895 - 1976
Context: By association with nature's enormities, a man's heart may truly grow big also. There is a way of looking upon a landscape as a moving picture and being satisfied with nothing less big as a moving picture, a way of looking upon tropic clouds over the horizon as the backdrop of a stage and being satisfied with nothing less big as a backdrop, a way of looking upon the mountain forests as a private garden and being satisfied with nothing less as a private garden, a way of listening to the roaring waves as a concert and being satisfied with nothing less as a concert, and a way of looking upon the mountain breeze as an air-cooling system and being satisfied with nothing less as an air-cooling system. So do we become big, even as the earth and firmaments are big. Like the "Big Man" described by Yuan Tsi (A. D. 210-263), one of China's first romanticists, we "live in heaven and earth as our house." p. 282
— Lin Yutang Chinese writer 1895 - 1976
— Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882
„Man's books are but man's alphabet,
Beyond and on his lessons lie — The lessons of the violet,
The large gold letters of the sky“
— Joaquin Miller American judge 1837 - 1913
Context: p>Man's books are but man's alphabet, Beyond and on his lessons lie — The lessons of the violet, The large gold letters of the sky; The love of beauty, blossomed soil, The large content, the tranquil toil:The toil that nature ever taught, The patient toil, the constant stir, The toil of seas where shores are wrought, The toil of Christ, the carpenter; The toil of God incessantly By palm-set land or frozen sea.</p "The Larger College".
„It must have required enormous effort for man to overcome his natural tendency to live like the animals in a continual present.“
— Gerald James Whitrow British mathematician 1912 - 2000
Context: It must have required enormous effort for man to overcome his natural tendency to live like the animals in a continual present.<!--p.22
„There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming.“
— Sören Kierkegaard Danish philosopher and theologian, founder of Existentialism 1813 - 1855
„Man: [looking at a Stieglitz's photo of 'Equivalents'] Is this a photograph of water?
Stieglitz: What difference does it make of what it is a photograph?
Man: But is it a photograph of water?
Stieglitz: I tell you it does not matter.
Man: Well, then, is it a picture of the sky?
Stieglitz: It happens to be a picture of the sky. But I cannot understand why that is of any importance.“
— Alfred Stieglitz American photographer 1864 - 1946
In: 'Minor White, A Living Remembrance', Dorothy Norman, in 'Aperture', 1984, p. 9. w:Dorothy Norman recorded a conversation between Stieglitz and a man, looking at one of his 'Equivalents' prints
— William Wordsworth English Romantic poet 1770 - 1850
Part I, stanza 16.
— John Boyne, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
„I never saw a man who looked
With such a wistful eye
Upon that little tent of blue
Which prisoners call the sky.“
— Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900
Pt. I, st. 3.
„The soul of man is larger than the sky,
Deeper than ocean, or the abysmal dark
Of the unfathomed center.“
— Hartley Coleridge British poet, biographer, essayist, and teacher 1796 - 1849
Context: The soul of man is larger than the sky, Deeper than ocean, or the abysmal dark Of the unfathomed center. Like that ark, Which in its sacred hold uplifted high, O'er the drowned hills, the human family, And stock reserved of every living kind, So, in the compass of the single mind, The seeds and pregnant forms in essence lie, That make all worlds. Great poet, 'twas thy art To know thyself, and in thyself to be Whate'er Love, Hate, Ambition, Destiny, Or the firm, fatal purpose of the Heart Can make of Man. Yet thou wert still the same, Serene of thought, unhurt by thy own flame. "To Shakespeare"
— Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941
„A very great vision is needed, and the man who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky.“
— Crazy Horse Oglala Sioux chief
Context: A very great vision is needed, and the man who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky. As quoted in To Be Just Is to Love : Homilies for a Church Renewing (2001) by Walter J. Burghardt, p. 214
— Anna Laetitia Barbauld English author 1743 - 1825
— Miles Davis American jazz musician 1926 - 1991
Davis was questioning the increasing length of John Coltrane solos, and Trane answered "I don't know how to stop."