„Can any thing in this world be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth can come by chance, when all the skill of art is not able to make an oyster!“
— Anatole France French writer 1844 - 1924
Misattributed, Jeremy Taylor, "Apples of Sodom," Part II, Sermon XX of Twenty-Five Sermons for the Winter Half-Year, Preached at Golden Grove (1653) Variant: What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth could come by chance, when all the skill of art is not able to make an oyster!
„What difference does it make after all? — anonymity in the world of men is better than fame in heaven, for what's heaven? what's earth? All in the mind.“
— Jack Kerouac, kniha On the Road
On the Road (1957), Context: In 1942 I was the star in one of the filthiest dramas of all time. I was a seaman, and went to the Imperial Café on Scollay Square in Boston to drink; I drank sixty glasses of beer and retired to the toilet, where I wrapped myself around the toilet bowl and went to sleep. During the night at least a hundred seamen and assorted civilians came in and cast their sentient debouchements on me till I was unrecognizably caked. What difference does it make after all? — anonymity in the world of men is better than fame in heaven, for what's heaven? what's earth? All in the mind. Part Three, Ch. 11
„In those days, there was something more to the world than there is now. Well, my kids were little, let's put it that way, and of course if you like your kids, if you love them from the moment they begin, you yourself begin all over again, in them, with them, and so there is something more to the world again.“
— William Saroyan American writer 1908 - 1981
Here Comes There Goes You Know Who (1961)
„This book and I have become indivisible. I have placed my feet on this book's last pages, confident of standing so much higher in the world than I ever stood before.“
— Peter Greenaway British film director 1942
The Pillow Book, From the sixth book, "The Book of the Lover"
„Women have a much better time than men in this world; there are far more things forbidden to them.“
— Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900
— Robert Browning, Pippa Passes
Pippa Passes (1841), Part III.
„The view of Jerusalem is the history of the world; it is more, it is the history of earth and of heaven.“
— Benjamin Disraeli British Conservative politician, writer, aristocrat and Prime Minister 1804 - 1881
Books, Coningsby (1844), Tancred (1847), Bk. III, Ch. 4.
„There is no more important rule of conduct in the world than this: attach yourself as much as you can to people who are abler than you and yet not so very different that you cannot understand them.“
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg German scientist, satirist 1742 - 1799
Aphorisms (1765-1799), Notebook F (1776-1779), F 81
„What we see before us is just one tiny part of the world. We get in the habit of thinking, this is the world, but that's not true at all. The real world is a much darker and deeper place than this, and much of it is occupied by jellyfish and things.“
— Haruki Murakami, kniha The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
„We will have even more successful and even more fruitful movements. Radical, merciless, pro-violence views will be wiped out and we will make this world a place like Heaven on Earth insha’Allah.“
— Harun Yahya Turkish author 1956
A9 TV addresses, 2013, The world will be an abode of peace, it will be a festive place. 20 April 2013.
„You exist: without name, without form. You cannot see the light of day; you cannot see the dark. You sold the green earth and the sun and stars to save yourself. But you have no self. All that which you sold, that is yourself. You have given everything for nothing. And so now you seek to draw the world to you, all that light and life you lost, to fill up your nothingness. But it cannot be filled. Not all the songs of earth, not all the stars of heaven, could fill your emptiness.“
— Ursula K. Le Guin American writer 1929 - 2018
Earthsea Books, The Farthest Shore (1972), Chapter 12, "The Dry Land"
„The philosophers are of less use to Dada than an old toothbrush, and it leaves them on the scrap heap for the great leaders of the world.“
— Hans Arp Alsatian, sculptor, painter, poet and abstract artist 1886 - 1966
1960s, Jours effeuillés: Poèmes, essaies, souvenirs (1966), Context: Dada was given the Venus of Milo a clyster and has allowed the Laocoön and his sons to rest awhile, after thousands of years of struggle with the good sausage Python. The philosophers are of less use to Dada than an old toothbrush, and it leaves them on the scrap heap for the great leaders of the world. p. 63
„We will have even more successful and even more fruitful movements. Radical, merciless, pro-violence views will be wiped out and we will make this world a place like Heaven on Earth insha’Allah. The world will be an abode of peace, it will be a festive place.“
— Harun Yahya Turkish author 1956
A9 TV addresses, 2013, 20 April 2013.
„Fewer are the ways of helping people than of harming them; it is the nature of things, not a consequence of the statistical method. Our world does not stand halfway between heaven and hell; it seems much closer to hell.“
— Stanisław Lem Polish science fiction author 1921 - 2006
One Human Minute (1986)
„There was not a country in the world that had not fought a battle in the war of all Earth against the invaders from Mars.
All was forgiven.
All living things were brothers, and all dead things were even more so.“
— Kurt Vonnegut, kniha Sirény z Titanu
The Sirens of Titan (1959), Chapter 10 “An Age of Miracles” (p. 216)
„Cutting the Spring Breeze
Throughout heaven and earth there is not a piece of ground where a single stick could be inserted;
I am glad that all things are void, myself and the world:
Honored be the sword, three feet long, wielded by the great Yüan swordsmen;
For it is like cutting a spring breeze in a flash of lightning.“
— Mugaku Sogen 1226 - 1286
Dumonlin Heinrich, Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki. Essays in Zen Buddhism, first series. 2000.p. 255