— Hilaire Belloc writer 1870 - 1953
Heroic Poem in Praise of Wine (1932)
"Morality" (1852), lines 7-12
Contesto: With aching hands and bleeding feet
We dig and heap, lay stone on stone;
We bear the burden and the heat
Of the long day and wish’t were done.
Not till the hours of light return
All we have built do we discern.
— Hilaire Belloc writer 1870 - 1953
Heroic Poem in Praise of Wine (1932)
— Algernon Charles Swinburne English poet, playwright, novelist, and critic 1837 - 1909
"Nephelidia", line 16, from The Heptalogia (1880); Swinburne intended "Nephelidia" as a self-parody.
— C.G. Jung, libro Memories, Dreams, Reflections
Variante: "... the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.
Origine: Memories, Dreams, Reflections (1963), p. 326
— Neal Stephenson, libro Zodiac
Origine: Zodiac (1988), Chapter 4, Sangamon Taylor on why violent action is not necessary against polluting corporations
— Anthony Trollope, libro The Prime Minister
Origine: The Prime Minister (1876), Ch. 5
— Leymah Gbowee Liberian peace activist 1972
Interview for The Daily Beast (April 5, 2010)
— George Gilder technology writer 1939
Telecosm : How Infinite Bandwidth Will Revolutionize Our World (2000), p. 31
Contesto: Let there be light, says the Bible. All the firmaments of technology, all our computers and networks, are built with light, and of light, and for light, to hasten its spread around the world. Light glows on the telescom's periphery; it shines as its core; it illuminates its webs and its links. From Newton, Maxwell, and Einstein to Richard Feynman and Charles Townes, the more men have gazed at light, the more it turns out to be a phenomenon utterly different from anything else. And yet everything else — every atom and every molecula — is fraught with its oscillating intensity.
— Kate Bush British recording artist; singer, songwriter, musician and record producer 1958
Recited by "Lily"
Song lyrics, The Red Shoes (1993)
— Lionel Richie American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and actor 1949
Running with the Night, co-written with Cynthia Weil.
Song lyrics, Can't Slow Down (1983)
— Peace Pilgrim American non-denominational spiritual teacher 1908 - 1981
Ch. 3 : The Pilgrimage
Contesto: Please don't say lightly that these are just religious concepts and not practical. These are laws governing human conduct, which apply as rigidly as the law of gravity. When we disregard these laws in any walk of life, chaos results. Through obedience to these laws this world of ours will enter a period of peace and richness of life beyond our fondest dreams.
The key word for our time is practice. We have all the light we need, we just need to put it into practice.
— Albert Pike Confederate States Army general and Freemason 1809 - 1891
Peace Pilgrim, as quoted in Liquid Crystals : Frontiers In Biomedical Applications (2007) by Scott J. Woltman, Gregory Philip Crawford, p. 149
— Carl Sagan American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science educator 1934 - 1996
55 min 20 sec
Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (1990 Update), Who Speaks for Earth? [Episode 13]
Contesto: Since this series' maiden voyage, the impossible has come to pass: Mighty walls that maintained insuperable ideological differences have come tumbling down; deadly enemies have embraced and begun to work together. The imperative to cherish the Earth and protect the global environment that sustains all of us has become widely accepted, and we've begun, finally, the process of reducing the obscene number of weapons of mass destruction. Perhaps we have, after all, decided to choose life. But we still have light years to go to ensure that choice. Even after the summits and the ceremonies and the treaties, there are still some 50,000 nuclear weapons in the world — and it would require the detonation of only a tiny fraction of them to produce a nuclear winter, the predicted global climatic catastrophe that would result from the smoke and the dust lifted into the atmosphere by burning cities and petroleum facilities.
The world scientific community has begun to sound the alarm about the grave dangers posed by depleting the protective ozone shield and by greenhouse warming, and again we're taking some mitigating steps, but again those steps are too small and too slow. The discovery that such a thing as nuclear winter was really possible evolved out of the studies of Martian dust storms. The surface of Mars, fried by ultraviolet light, is also a reminder of why it's important to keep our ozone layer intact. The runaway greenhouse effect on Venus is a valuable reminder that we must take the increasing greenhouse effect on Earth seriously.
Important lessons about our environment have come from spacecraft missions to the planets. By exploring other worlds we safeguard this one. By itself, I think this fact more than justifies the money our species has spent in sending ships to other worlds. It is our fate to live during one of the most perilous and, at the same time, one of the most hopeful chapters in human history.
Our science and our technology have posed us a profound question. Will we learn to use these tools with wisdom and foresight before it's too late? Will we see our species safely through this difficult passage so that our children and grandchildren will continue the great journey of discovery still deeper into the mysteries of the Cosmos? That same rocket and nuclear and computer technology that sends our ships past the farthest known planet can also be used to destroy our global civilization. Exactly the same technology can be used for good and for evil. It is as if there were a God who said to us, “I set before you two ways: You can use your technology to destroy yourselves or to carry you to the planets and the stars. It's up to you.”
— Yehuda Ashlag Orthodox Jewish Rabbi and Kabbalist 1886 - 1954
— Voltaire, libro Letters on the English
"Lettre XII: sur M. Pope et quelques autres poètes fameux," Lettres philosophiques (1756 edition)
He looked on everything as imitation. The most original writers, he said, borrowed one from another. Boyardo has imitated Pulci, and Ariofio Boyardo. The instruction we find in books is like fire; we fetch it from our neighbour, kindle it as home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.
Historical and Critical Memoirs of the Life and Writings of M. de Voltaire (1786) by Louis Mayeul Chaudon, p. 348
What we find in books is like the fire in our hearths. We fetch it from our neighbors, we kindle it at home, we communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.
As translated in Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists (2008), by James Geary, p. 373
Contesto: Thus, almost everything is imitation. The idea of The Persian Letters was taken from The Turkish Spy. Boiardo imitated Pulci, Ariosto imitated Boiardo. The most original minds borrowed from one another. Miguel de Cervantes makes his Don Quixote a fool; but pray is Orlando any other? It would puzzle one to decide whether knight errantry has been made more ridiculous by the grotesque painting of Cervantes, than by the luxuriant imagination of Ariosto. Metastasio has taken the greatest part of his operas from our French tragedies. Several English writers have copied us without saying one word of the matter. It is with books as with the fire in our hearths; we go to a neighbor to get the embers and light it when we return home, pass it on to others, and it belongs to everyone
— Algernon Charles Swinburne, libro Poems and Ballads
"Rococo", lines 17-24.
Poems and Ballads (1866-89)
— Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury English politician and Earl 1671 - 1713
Vol. 1, p. 38; "Sensus Communis".
Characteristicks of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times (1711)
— Gloria Estefan Cuban-American singer-songwriter, actress and divorciada 1957
cubanet.org (May 15, 2000)
— Nicholas Sparks, libro L'ultima canzone
Origine: The Last Song
— Anthony Doerr, libro All the Light We Cannot See
Origine: All the Light We Cannot See
— Langdon Smith, Evolution
Evolution (1895; 1909)
Contesto: Mindless we lived and mindless we loved
And mindless at last we died;
And deep in the rift of the Caradoc drift
We slumbered side by side.
The world turned on in the lathe of time,
The hot lands heaved amain,
Till we caught our breath from the womb of death
And crept into light again.