— Thomas Browne English polymath 1605 - 1682
„But man is a Noble Animal, splendid in ashes, and pompous in the grave, solemnizing Nativities and Deaths with equal lustre, nor omitting Ceremonies of Bravery, in the infamy of his nature. Life is a pure flame, and we live by an invisible Sun within us.“
„How he lies in his rights of a man!
Death has done all death can.
And absorbed in the new life he leads,
He recks not, he heeds
Nor his wrong nor my vengeance; both strike
On his senses alike,
And are lost in the solemn and strange
Surprise of the change.“
— Robert Browning English poet and playwright of the Victorian Era 1812 - 1889
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919), After.
„Sun-worship and pure forms of nature worship were, in their day, noble religions, highly allegorical but full of profound truth and knowledge.“
— Annie Besant British socialist, theosophist, women's rights activist, writer and orator 1847 - 1933
Esoteric Christianity, Or The Lesser Mysteries http://books.google.co.in/books?id=6Uk0AHHn-cgC&pg=PT8, p. 8
„Man lives, not directly or nakedly in nature like the animals, but within a mythological universe, a body of assumptions and beliefs developed from his existential concerns.“
— Northrop Frye Canadian literary critic and literary theorist 1912 - 1991
"Quotes", The Great Code: The Bible and Literature (1982), Introduction, p. xviii
— Byron Katie American spiritual writer 1942
Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life (2002)
— Norman Cousins American journalist 1915 - 1990
Quoted in History of Sikh Struggles (1989) by Gurmit Singh, p. 189.
„The man who dares to live his life with death before his eyes, the man who receives life back bit by bit and lives as though it did not belong to him by right but has been bestowed on him as a gift, the man who has such freedom and peace of mind that he has overcome death in his thoughts — such man believes in eternal life because it is already his, it is a present experience, and he already benefits from its peace and joy. He cannot describe this experience in words. He may not be able to conform his view with the traditional picture of it. But one thing he knows for certain: Something within us does not pass away, something goes on living and working wherever the kingdom of the spirit is present. It is already working and living within us, because in our hearts we have been able to reach life by overcoming death.“
— Albert Schweitzer French-German physician, theologian, musician and philosopher 1875 - 1965
Reverence for Life (1969)
„Confined within this catch-all concept, within this vast encampment of the animal, in this general singular, within the strict enclosure of this definite article (“the Animal” and not “animals”), as in a virgin forest, a zoo, a hunting or fishing ground, a paddock or an abattoir, a space of domestication, are all the living things that man does not recognize as his fellows, his neighbors, or his brothers.“
— Jacques Derrida French philosopher (1930-2004) 1930 - 2004
The Animal That Therefore I Am (1997)
„All work, even cotton spinning, is noble; work is alone noble … A life of ease is not for any man, nor for any god.“
— Thomas Carlyle Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher 1795 - 1881
1840s, Past and Present (1843), Bk. III, ch. 4.
„Like or dislike her, the British Queen is harmless. Her role is purely ceremonial. Conversely, life and death are in the hands of the monarch who sits in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.“
— Ilana Mercer South African writer
2010s, 2011, “Mobocracy vs. Monarchy,” http://www.ilanamercer.com/phprunner/public_article_list_view.php?editid1=602 WorldNetDaily.com, May 20, 2011.
„Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.“
— Steven Pressfield United States Marine 1943
The War of Art (2002), p. 13
„Nature, far from being logical, 'is perhaps entirely the excess of itself', smeared ash and flame upon zero, and zero is immense.“
— Nick Land British philosopher 1962
The Thirst for Annihilation: Georges Bataille and Virulent Nihilism (1992), Chapter 6: "The rage of jealous time", p. 73
„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
Time in History: Views of Time from Prehistory to the Present Day (1988), 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
„Evolution is not finished; reason is not the last word nor the reasoning animal the supreme figure of Nature. As man emerged out of the animal, so out of man the superman emerges.“
— Sri Aurobindo Indian nationalist, freedom fighter, philosopher, yogi, guru and poet 1872 - 1950
Thoughts and Aphorisms (1913), Jnana, Thoughts and Aphorisms (1913)