— Kenneth Patchen American writer and poet 1911 - 1972
„Socrates’ way of life is the consequence of his recognition that we can know what it is that we do not know about the most important things and that we are by nature obliged to seek that knowledge.“
— Allan Bloom American philosopher, classicist, and academician 1930 - 1992
Giants and Dwarfs (1990), “Western Civ,” p. 18.
„To death we must stoop, be we high, be we low,
But how and how suddenly few be that know -,
What carry we then but a sheet to the grave,
To cover this carcass, of all that we have?“
— Thomas Tusser English poet 1524 - 1580
Tenants of God's Farmstead or A Description of Life and Riches (c. 1557), lines 9-12.
„We had spoken about death without being morbid about it and I had told Antonio what I thought about it which is worthless since none of us knows anything about it.“
— Ernest Hemingway American author and journalist 1899 - 1961
The Dangerous Summer (1985), Ch. 9
„If we never fell, we should not know how feeble and how wretched we are of our self, and also we should not fully know that marvellous love of our Maker. For we shall see verily in heaven, without end, that we have grievously sinned in this life, and notwithstanding this, we shall see that we were never hurt in His love, we were never the less of price in His sight. And by the assay of this falling we shall have an high, marvellous knowing of love in God, without end. For strong and marvellous is that love which may not, nor will not, be broken for trespass.“
— Julian of Norwich English theologian and anchoress 1342 - 1416
Summations, Chapter 61
„When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.“
— Helen Keller American author and political activist 1880 - 1968
„How do I know that enjoying life is not a delusion? How do I know that in hating death we are not like people who got lost in early childhood and do not know the way home?“
— Zhuangzi classic Chinese philosopher -369 - -286 př. n. l.
Context: How do I know that enjoying life is not a delusion? How do I know that in hating death we are not like people who got lost in early childhood and do not know the way home? Lady Li was the child of a border guard in Ai. When first captured by the state of Jin, she wept so much her clothes were soaked. But after she entered the palace, shared the king's bed, and dined on the finest meats, she regretted her tears. How do I know that the dead do not regret their previous longing for life? One who dreams of drinking wine may in the morning weep; one who dreams weeping may in the morning go out to hunt. During our dreams we do not know we are dreaming. We may even dream of interpreting a dream. Only on waking do we know it was a dream. Only after the great awakening will we realize that this is the great dream. And yet fools think they are awake, presuming to know that they are rulers or herdsmen. How dense! You and Confucius are both dreaming, and I who say you are a dream am also a dream. Such is my tale. It will probably be called preposterous, but after ten thousand generations there may be a great sage who will be able to explain it, a trivial interval equivalent to the passage from morning to night.
— John Dryden, Aureng-zebe
Aureng-Zebe (1676), Act IV, scene i.
— Byron Katie American spiritual writer 1942
Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life (2002)
„Whatever we know about society, or indeed about the world in which we live, we know through the mass media. This is true not only of our knowledge of society but also of our knowledge of nature.“
— Niklas Luhmann German sociologist, administration expert, and social systems theorist 1927 - 1998
The reality of the Mass Media (2000), p. 1.