„The earth was all before me. With a heart
Joyous, nor scared at its own liberty,
I look about; and should the chosen guide
Be nothing better than a wandering cloud,
I cannot miss my way.“

—  William Wordsworth, buch The Prelude

Quelle: The Prelude

Letzte Aktualisierung 17. April 2022. Geschichte
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britischer Dichter 1770 - 1850

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„A man cannot have a better guide than himself, nor any physic better than a regular life.“

—  Luigi Cornaro Italian philosopher 1484 - 1566

Discourses on the Sober Life

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„Thou art! directing, guiding all, Thou art!
Direct my understanding then to Thee;
Control my spirit, guide my wandering heart:
Though but an atom midst immensity.“

—  Gavrila Derzhavin Russian poet 1743 - 1816

Poemː God
Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 283.

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„Love has its own instinct, finding the way to the heart, as the feeblest insect finds the way to its flower, with a will which nothing can dismay nor turn aside.“

—  Honoré de Balzac, buch A Woman of Thirty

L'amour a son instinct, il sait trouver le chemin du cœur comme le plus faible insecte marche à sa fleur avec une irrésistible volonté qui ne s'épouvante de rien.
Quelle: A Woman of Thirty (1842), Ch. III: At Thirty Years.

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„By the side of these religious men I discern others whose looks are turned to the earth more than to Heaven; they are the partisans of liberty, not only as the source of the noblest virtues, but more especially as the root of all solid advantages; and they sincerely desire to extend its sway, and to impart its blessings to mankind. It is natural that they should hasten to invoke the assistance of religion, for they must know that liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith; but they have seen religion in the ranks of their adversaries, and they inquire no further; some of them attack it openly, and the remainder are afraid to defend it.“

—  Alexis De Tocqueville, buch Democracy in America

Original text: À côté de ces hommes religieux, j'en découvre d'autres dont les regards sont tournés vers la terre plutôt que vers le ciel; partisans de la liberté, non seulement parce qu'ils voient en elle l'origine des plus nobles vertus, mais surtout parce qu'ils la considèrent comme la source des plus grands biens, ils désirent sincèrement assurer son empire et faire goûter aux hommes ses bienfaits : je comprends que ceux-là vont se hâter d'appeler la religion à leur aide, car ils doivent savoir qu'on ne peut établir le règne de la liberté sans celui des mœurs, ni fonder les mœurs sans les croyances; mais ils ont aperçu la religion dans les rangs de leurs adversaires, c'en est assez pour eux : les uns l'attaquent, et les autres n'osent la défendre.
Democracy in America, Volume I (1835)

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„I gave my smile its liberty, with no curfew nor bounds.“

—  Vanna Bonta Italian-American writer, poet, inventor, actress, voice artist (1958-2014) 1958 - 2014

"I Gave My Smile"
Rewards of Passion (Sheer Poetry) (1981)

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„Won't you guide me through the dark night of the soul
That I may better understand your way
Let me be just and worthy to receive
All the blessings of the Lord into my life.“

—  Van Morrison Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician 1945

Give Me My Rapture.
Quelle: Song lyrics, Poetic Champions Compose (1987)

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„I was neither
Living nor dead, and I knew nothing,
Looking into the heart of light, the silence.“

—  T.S. Eliot, buch The Waste Land

Quelle: The Waste Land (1922), Line 39 et seq.

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„Oh, why can't I ignore it? I keep giving in, but I should know better. Because there was something about the way you looked at me, and it's strange that things change. But not me, wanting you so desperately.“

—  Michelle Branch American singer-songwriter and guitarist 1983

2000s, Hotel Paper (2003)
Kontext: There was something, about the way you looked at me. Made me think for a moment, that maybe we were meant to be. Living our lives separately, and it's strange that things change. But not me, wanting you so desperately. Oh, why can't I ignore it? I keep giving in, but I should know better. Because there was something about the way you looked at me, and it's strange that things change. But not me, wanting you so desperately.

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„The ancients see me not, nor I, the ancients,
Though I see the ancients not, the Way they trod is before me,
Their Way before me, can I but follow.“

—  Yi Hwang Korean Confucianism scholar 1501 - 1570

The old teacher never saw me; he lived long before my time.
Though I may never meet him, I can see the road he traveled.
With his wise road before me, what reason for me to stray?
Twelve Songs of Dosan
Original: (ko) 古人도날몯보고나도古人몯뵈

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