— Joseph Joubert French moralist and essayist 1754 - 1824
— Joseph Addison politician, writer and playwright 1672 - 1719
Context: Where have my ravish'd senses been! What joys, what wonders, have I seen! The scene yet stands before my eye, A thousand glorious deeds that lie In deep futurity obscure, Fights and triumphs immature, Heroes immers'd in time's dark womb, Ripening for mighty years to come, Break forth, and, to the day display'd, My soft inglorious hours upbraid. Transported with so bright a scheme, My waking life appears a dream. Henry in Rosamond (c. 1707), Act III, sc. i.
„The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing — to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all the beauty came from — my country, the place where I ought to have been born.“
— Clive Staples Lewis Christian apologist, novelist, and Medievalist 1898 - 1963
Context: The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing — to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all the beauty came from — my country, the place where I ought to have been born. Do you think it all meant nothing, all the longing? The longing for home? For indeed it now feels not like going, but like going back. Psyche
— Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899
Context: No man, standing where the horizon of a life has touched a grave, has any right to prophesy a future filled with pain and tears. It may be that death gives all there is of worth to life. If those we press and strain against our hearts could never die, perhaps that love would wither from the earth. Maybe this common fate treads from out the paths between our hearts the weeds of selfishness and hate, and I had rather live and love where death is king, than have eternal life where love is not. Paraphrased variant: I would rather live and love where death is king than have eternal life where love is not.
„The subject matter is unimportant, provided what I have done is interesting as a painting. I chose the modern era because it is the one I understand best; I find it more alive for people who are alive.“
— Frédéric Bazille French painter 1841 - 1870
as quoted in: 'Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism', Corrinne Chong, PhD -independent scholar http://www.19thc-artworldwide.org/autumn17/chong-reviews-frederic-bazille-and-the-birth-of-impressionism
— Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief
„I think that if we would, every evening, come to our Master's feet, and tell Him where we have been, what we have done, what we have said, and what were the motives by which we have been actuated, it would have a salutary effect upon our whole conduct.“
— Edward Payson American religious leader 1783 - 1827
— Bono Irish rock musician, singer of U2 1960
"God Part II"
„I also respond very strongly to characters I have not done before... something I can really sink my teeth into, and what's scary, and what terrifies me, because that's where I need to go.“
— Gillian Anderson American-British film, television and theatre actress, activist and writer 1968
Toady "Nothing 'Bleak' about PBS for Gillian Anderson" http://www.today.com/id/10912748/ns/today-today_entertainment/t/nothing-bleak-about-pbs-gillian-anderson/#.VpKEALZ96Uk (January 18, 2006)
— Jonathan Tropper, This is Where I Leave You
— John Leonard 1939 - 2008
Context: I don't have a sense of sanctuary. I don't have a place where I think I can go. I once went to the famous Kyoto temple with the Zen garden, the gravel, the little mounds and it's, you know, it's been pictured over and over and over again. And what they don't tell you is that this little acre or some acre of serenity is surrounded by millions of people taking pictures. So it sounds like a storm of mosquitoes constantly. And it never stops. And there's no serenity. And so not even in Japan can I find sanctuary. Interview with Bill Moyers, Now, PBS (28 November 2003)