„The sky is an enormous man.“

Letzte Aktualisierung 3. Juni 2021. Geschichte
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Emanuel Swedenborg5
schwedischer Wissenschaftler, Mystiker und Theologe 1688 - 1772

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Lin Yutang Foto

„By association with nature's enormities, a man's heart may truly grow big also.“

—  Lin Yutang, buch The Importance of Living

Quelle: The Importance of Living (1937), p. 282
Kontext: By association with nature's enormities, a man's heart may truly grow big also. There is a way of looking upon a landscape as a moving picture and being satisfied with nothing less big as a moving picture, a way of looking upon tropic clouds over the horizon as the backdrop of a stage and being satisfied with nothing less big as a backdrop, a way of looking upon the mountain forests as a private garden and being satisfied with nothing less as a private garden, a way of listening to the roaring waves as a concert and being satisfied with nothing less as a concert, and a way of looking upon the mountain breeze as an air-cooling system and being satisfied with nothing less as an air-cooling system. So do we become big, even as the earth and firmaments are big. Like the "Big Man" described by Yuan Tsi (A. D. 210-263), one of China's first romanticists, we "live in heaven and earth as our house."

Ralph Waldo Emerson Foto

„The man in the street does not know a star in the sky.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882

1840s, Essays: First Series (1841), Self-Reliance

Joaquin Miller Foto

„Man's books are but man's alphabet,
Beyond and on his lessons lie — The lessons of the violet,
The large gold letters of the sky“

—  Joaquin Miller American judge 1837 - 1913

"The Larger College".
In Classic Shades, and Other Poems (1890)
Kontext: p>Man's books are but man's alphabet,
Beyond and on his lessons lie — The lessons of the violet,
The large gold letters of the sky; The love of beauty, blossomed soil, The large content, the tranquil toil:The toil that nature ever taught,
The patient toil, the constant stir,
The toil of seas where shores are wrought,
The toil of Christ, the carpenter;
The toil of God incessantly
By palm-set land or frozen sea.</p

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Sören Kierkegaard Foto
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Anna Laetitia Barbauld Foto

„Man is the nobler growth our realms supply,
And souls are ripened in our northern sky.“

—  Anna Laetitia Barbauld English author 1743 - 1825

The Invitation.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

Crazy Horse Foto

„A very great vision is needed, and the man who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky.“

—  Crazy Horse Oglala Sioux chief 1840 - 1877

As quoted in To Be Just Is to Love : Homilies for a Church Renewing‎ (2001) by Walter J. Burghardt, p. 214

Hartley Coleridge Foto

„The soul of man is larger than the sky,
Deeper than ocean, or the abysmal dark
Of the unfathomed center.“

—  Hartley Coleridge British poet, biographer, essayist, and teacher 1796 - 1849

"To Shakespeare"
Poems (1851)
Kontext: The soul of man is larger than the sky,
Deeper than ocean, or the abysmal dark
Of the unfathomed center. Like that ark,
Which in its sacred hold uplifted high,
O'er the drowned hills, the human family,
And stock reserved of every living kind,
So, in the compass of the single mind,
The seeds and pregnant forms in essence lie,
That make all worlds. Great poet, 'twas thy art
To know thyself, and in thyself to be
Whate'er Love, Hate, Ambition, Destiny,
Or the firm, fatal purpose of the Heart
Can make of Man. Yet thou wert still the same,
Serene of thought, unhurt by thy own flame.

Bob Dylan Foto

„How many times must a man look up before he can see the sky?“

—  Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941

Song lyrics, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963), Blowin' in the Wind

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Thomas Müntzer Foto

„Man must smash to bits his stolen, contrived Christian faith through powerful, enormous suffering of the heart, through an amazement that cannot be rejected. Through this, man becomes very small and despicable in his own eyes.“

—  Thomas Müntzer early Reformation-era German pastor who was a rebel leader during the German Peasants' War 1489 - 1525

"Special Exposure of False Faith" (1524)
Wu Ming Presents Thomas Müntzer, Sermon to the Princes

Eugéne Ionesco Foto

„He understands that the world is an enormous farce, a canular played by God against man, and that he has to play God’s game and laugh about it.“

—  Eugéne Ionesco Romanian playwright 1909 - 1994

canular refers to hoaxes, humorous deceptions.
The Paris Review interview (1984)
Kontext: You know, the Cathars believed that the world was not created by God but by a demon who had stolen a few technological secrets from Him and made this world — which is why it doesn’t work. I don’t share this heresy. I’m too afraid! But I put it in a play called This Extraordinary Brothel, in which the protagonist doesn’t talk at all. There is a revolution, everybody kills everybody else, and he doesn’t understand. But at the very end, he speaks for the first time. He points his finger towards the sky and shakes it at God, saying, “You rogue! You little rogue!” and he bursts out laughing. He understands that the world is an enormous farce, a canular played by God against man, and that he has to play God’s game and laugh about it.

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Willa Cather Foto

„Elsewhere the sky is the roof of the world; but here the earth was the floor of the sky. The landscape one longed for when one was away, the thing all about one, the world one actually lived in, was the sky, the sky!“

—  Willa Cather, buch Death Comes for the Archbishop

Book VII, Ch. 4
Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927)
Kontext: The sky was as full of motion and change as the desert beneath it was monotonous and still, — and there was so much sky, more than at sea, more than anywhere else in the world. The plain was there, under one's feet, but what one saw when one looked about was that brilliant blue world of stinging air and moving cloud. Even the mountains were mere ant-hills under it. Elsewhere the sky is the roof of the world; but here the earth was the floor of the sky. The landscape one longed for when one was away, the thing all about one, the world one actually lived in, was the sky, the sky!

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