— Ramakrishna Indian mystic and religious preacher 1836 - 1886
Kontext: Who is whose Guru? God alone is the guide and Guru of the universe.
„It appears to me that, even within the recollection of living men, the Christian faith has come to be less and less regarded as a commanding and mighty power from heaven, a voice of authority, a law of holy life, but more and more as an easy going guide to future enjoyment, to a universal happiness and an indiscriminate salvation.“
— Frederic Dan Huntington American bishop 1819 - 1904
Zdroj: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 237.
„Among the forces which sweep and play throughout the universe, untutored man is but a wisp in the wind. Our civilization is still in a middle stage, scarcely beast, in that it is no longer wholly guided by instinct; scarcely human, in that it is not yet wholly guided by reason.“
— Theodore Dreiser, kniha Sister Carrie
Zdroj: Sister Carrie (1900), Ch. 8 : Intimations By Winter: An Ambassador Summoned
Kontext: Among the forces which sweep and play throughout the universe, untutored man is but a wisp in the wind. Our civilization is still in a middle stage, scarcely beast, in that it is no longer wholly guided by instinct; scarcely human, in that it is not yet wholly guided by reason. On the tiger no responsibility rests. We see him aligned by nature with the forces of life — he is born into their keeping and without thought he is protected. We see man far removed from the lairs of the jungles, his innate instincts dulled by too near an approach to free-will, his free-will not sufficiently developed to replace his instincts and afford him perfect guidance. He is becoming too wise to hearken always to instincts and desires; he is still too weak to always prevail against them. As a beast, the forces of life aligned him with them; as a man, he has not yet wholly learned to align himself with the forces. In this intermediate stage he wavers — neither drawn in harmony with nature by his instincts nor yet wisely putting himself into harmony by his own free-will. He is even as a wisp in the wind, moved by every breath of passion, acting now by his will and now by his instincts, erring with one, only to retrieve by the other, falling by one, only to rise by the other — a creature of incalculable variability. We have the consolation of knowing that evolution is ever in action, that the ideal is a light that cannot fail. He will not forever balance thus between good and evil. When this jangle of free-will and instinct shall have been adjusted, when perfect understanding has given the former the power to replace the latter entirely, man will no longer vary. The needle of understanding will yet point steadfast and unwavering to the distant pole of truth.
„Like the spider spinning its web, we create much of the outer world from within ourselves. The universe is a joint product of the observer and the observed.“
— Gloria Steinem American feminist and journalist 1934
Revolution From Within
„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
Introduction, p. xviii
"Quotes", The Great Code: The Bible and Literature (1982)
„We dream of travels throughout the universe: is not the universe within us? We do not know the depths of our spirit. The mysterious path leads within. In us, or nowhere, lies eternity with its worlds, the past and the future.“
— Novalis, kniha Blüthenstaub
Fragment No. 16
We dream of a journey through the universe. But is the universe then not in us? We do not know the depths of our spirit. Inward goes the secret path. Eternity with its worlds, the past and the future, is in us or nowhere.
As translated in "Bildung in Early German Romanticism" by Frederick C. Beiser, in Philosophers on Education : Historical Perspectives (1998) by Amélie Rorty, p. 294
We dream of journeys through the cosmos — Is the cosmos not then in us? We do not know the depths of our own spirit. — The mysterious path leads within. In us, or nowhere, is eternity with its worlds — the past and the future.
Kontext: Imagination places the future world for us either above or below or in reincarnation. We dream of travels throughout the universe: is not the universe within us? We do not know the depths of our spirit. The mysterious path leads within. In us, or nowhere, lies eternity with its worlds, the past and the future.
„Poetry is a transfusion of the ephemeral blood that sustains the universal heartbeat within human society.“
— Vanna Bonta Italian-American writer, poet, inventor, actress, voice artist (1958-2014) 1958 - 2014
The Cosmos as a Poem (2010)
— Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Jordanian businesspeople 1938
April 1, 2001, First Arab Conference on Arabizing the Internet, Amman, Jordan.
— Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
If Einstein said this, he was almost certainly quoting philosopher Immanuel Kant's words from the conclusion to the Critique of Practical Reason (1788), translated in Paul Guyer's The Cambridge Companion to Kant ( p. 1 http://books.google.com/books?id=pYE5rVzrPNgC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA1#v=onepage&q&f=false) as: "Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the more often and steadily we reflect upon them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me."
„Science knows no boundaries, and efforts to create barriers – whether to keep new ideas within or to prevent new ones from entering from the outside – have universally proved harmful to progress.“
— Sidney Drell American physicist 1926 - 2016
in a tribute to Andrei Sakharov, Address at the National Academy of Science, November 13, 1988
„Anthroposophy is a path of knowledge, to guide the spiritual in the human being to the spiritual in the universe… Anthroposophists are those who experience, as an essential need of life, certain questions on the nature of the human being and the universe, just as one experiences hunger and thirst.“
— Rudolf Steiner Austrian esotericist 1861 - 1925
Anthroposophical Leading Thoughts (1924)
„Even the most morbid of the rape ranters have a childlike faith in the perfectibility of the universe, which they see as blighted solely by nasty men. They simplistically project outward onto a mythical "patriarchy" their own inner conflicts and moral ambiguities.“
— Camille Paglia American writer 1947
Zdroj: Vamps and Tramps (1994), "No Law in the Arena: A Pagan Theory of Sexuality", p. 25
„I'm committed to seeing this project done. To see if within this decade we can finally hold in our hands the rule for our universe, and know where our universe lies in the space of all possible universes.“
— Stephen Wolfram British-American computer scientist, mathematician, physicist, writer and businessman 1959
"Computing a Theory of Everything" (2010)
— Rumi Iranian poet 1207 - 1273
"This We Have Now" in Ch. 25 : Majesty. p. 262
that we are now
created the body, cell by cell,
like bees building a honeycomb. The human body and the universe
grew from this, not this
from the universe and the human body.
„I think that at that time and practically ever since, the underlying sense of form in my work has been the system of the Universe, or part thereof. For that is a rather large model to work from.“
— Alexander Calder American artist 1898 - 1976
1950s - 1960s, Excerpt, What Abstract Art Means to Me (1951)
„Vegan Bodybuilding is not only possible, it’s optimal. Within three years from first lifting weights properly and walking on a Bodybuilding stage as a novice, I had won Mr. Universe and become a Pro Bodybuilder. Steroids? Meat? Not a chance.“
— Billy Simmonds 1980
Interview with Living Vegan magazine (Autumn 2012); quoted in "Billy Simmonds" https://web.archive.org/web/20120708224928/http://www.treehugger.uproar.org.au/billy-simmonds/, Not Your Typical TreeHugger.
„So you're made of detritus [from exploded stars]. Get over it. Or better yet, celebrate it. After all, what nobler thought can one cherish than that the universe lives within us all?“
— Neil deGrasse Tyson American astrophysicist and science communicator 1958
Zdroj: Death by Black Hole - And Other Cosmic Quandaries
Flow through me,
From my heart
Through my mind to my hand,
Infuse my work with spirit
To feed hungry souls.“
— Alex Grey American artist 1953
Art Psalms (2008), Artist's Prayer