— Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900
„Man is something that shall be overcome. Man is a rope, tied between beast and overman - a rope over an abyss. What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not an end.“
— Friedrich Nietzsche, kniha Tak pravil Zarathustra
Zdroj: Thus Spoke Zarathustra
„Behind man lies the abyss, nothingness; the Outsider knows this; it is his business to sink claws of iron into life to grasp it tighter than the indifferent bourgeois, to build, to Will, in spite of the abyss.“
— Colin Wilson, kniha The Outsider
Zdroj: The Outsider (1956), Chapter Seven, The Great Synthesis...
„At the present time man's path lies through space, and Suprematism is a colour metaphor in its infinite abyss.“
— Kazimir Malevich Russian and Soviet artist of polish descent 1878 - 1935
Quote in 'On space and Suprematism', Kasimir Malevich, 1916; as cited in Abstract Art, Anna Moszynska, Thames and Hudson, London 1990, p. 58
1910 - 1920
„“If there was anything, anything more at all, after this crazy mix-up we call living, I could feel that there might be some point to the whole frantic business, even if I did not know and could not know the full answer while I was alive.”
“And suppose there was not? Suppose that when a man’s body disintegrates, he himself disappears absolutely. I’m bound to say I find it a probable hypothesis.”
“Well— It wouldn’t be cheerful knowledge, but it would be better than not knowing. You could plan your life rationally, at least. A man might even be able to get a certain amount of satisfaction in planning things better for the future, after he’s gone. A vicarious pleasure in the anticipation.”“
— Robert A. Heinlein, kniha Beyond This Horizon
Zdroj: Beyond This Horizon (1948; originally serialized in 1942), Chapter 10, “—the only game in town”, p. 105
„Nothing would be done at all, if a man waited till he could do it so well, that no one could find fault with it.“
— John Henry Newman English cleric and cardinal 1801 - 1890
Lectures on the Present Position of Catholics in England (1851)
„I think of life as an inn where I have to stay until the abyss coach arrives. I don't know where it will take me, for I know nothing.“
— Fernando Pessoa, kniha The Book of Disquiet
A Factless Autobiography, Richard Zenith Edition, Lisbon, 2006, p. 40
The Book of Disquiet
Originál: Considero a vida uma estalagem onde tenho que me demorar até que chegue a diligência do abismo. Não sei onde ela me levará, porque não sei nada.
„Put a man on the brink of the abyss and - in the unlikely event that she doesn't fall into it - he will become a mystic or a madman… Which is probably the same thing!“
— Apostolos Doxiadis Greek writer 1953
Zdroj: Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth
„The centuries are thick, dark waves that rise and fall, steeped in blood. Every moment is a gaping abyss.
Gaze on the dark sea without staggering, confront the abyss every moment without illusion or impudence or fear. … But this is not enough; take a further step: battle to give meaning to the confused struggles of man.“
— Nikos Kazantzakis, kniha The Saviors of God
The Saviors of God (1923)
„I am so fed up and joyless that not only have I nothing to fill my soul, I cannot even conceive of anything that could possibly satisfy it - alas, not even the bliss of heaven.“
— Sören Kierkegaard Danish philosopher and theologian, founder of Existentialism 1813 - 1855
— Samuel Johnson English writer 1709 - 1784
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)
„You said I killed you-haunt me, then! […] Be with me always-take any form-drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you!“
— Emily Brontë, kniha Na Větrné hůrce
Zdroj: Wuthering Heights
„It is beyond doubt that the happiness which love can bestow on its chosen souls is the highest that can fall to mortal's lot. But when I imagine myself in the place of the man who, after twenty happy years, now in one moment loses his all, I am moved almost to say that he is the wretchedest of mortals, and that it is better never to have known such happy days. So it is on this miserable earth: 'the purest joy finds its grave in the abyss of time.“
— Carl Friedrich Gauss German mathematician and physical scientist 1777 - 1855
What are we without the hope of a better future?
As quoted in Kneller, Karl Alois, Kettle, Thomas Michael, 1911. "Christianity and the leaders of modern science; a contribution to the history of culture in the nineteenth century" https://archive.org/stream/christianitylead00kneluoft#page/44/mode/2up, Freiburg im Breisgau, p. 44-45
„If only I was as eloquent as Demosthenes, I would have to do no more than repeat a single word three times. Reason is language — Logos; I gnaw on this marrowbone and will gnaw myself to death over it. It is still always dark over these depths for me: I am still always awaiting an apocalyptic angel with a key to this abyss.“
— Johann Georg Hamann German philosopher 1730 - 1788
Briefwechsel, ed. Arthur Henkel (Wiesbaden/Frankfurt: Insel Verlag, 1955-1975), vol. V, p. 177.
„The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.“
— Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States of America 1743 - 1826
„In a vision I beheld the fullness of God in which I beheld and comprehended the whole creation, that is, what is on this side and what is beyond the sea, the abyss, the sea itself, and everything else. And in everything that I saw, I could perceive nothing except the presence of the power of God, and in a manner totally indescribable. And my soul in an excess of wonder cried out: "This world is pregnant with God!" Wherefore I understood how small is the whole of creation -- that is, what is on this side and what is beyond the sea, the abyss, the sea itself, and everything else -- but the power of God fills it all to overflowing.“
— Angela of Foligno Italian saint 1248 - 1309
Zdroj: The Memorial and Instructions, pp. 169-170
„The memory of that great and glorious minister, who, to all succeeding ages, will be quoted as an illustrious example, how one great man, by his superior ability, could raise his drooping country from the abyss of despair to the highest pinnacle of glory, and render her honoured, respected, revered, and dreaded by the whole universe.“
— William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham British politician 1708 - 1778
Admiral George Rodney, writing in December 1779.
G. B. Mundy (ed.), The Life and Correspondence of Admiral Lord Rodney: Volume I (London: 1830), pp. 204-5.
About William Pitt
„If I could repeat my childhood, I would repeat it exactly as it was, with the poverty, the cold, little food, with the flies and pigs, all that.“
— José Saramago Portuguese writer and recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature 1922 - 2010
Interview with Edney Silvestre, 2007.