„For full indeed is earth of woes, and full the sea; and in the day as well as night diseases unbidden haunt mankind, silently bearing ills to men, for all-wise Zeus hath taken from them their voice. So utterly impossible is it to escape the will of Zeus.“

—  Hesiod, buch Werke und Tage

Quelle: Works and Days (c. 700 BC), line 101.

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„Strepsiades: But come, by the Earth, is not Zeus, the Olympian, a god?
Socrates: What Zeus? Do not trifle. There is no Zeus.“

—  Aristophanés, The Clouds

tr. Hickie 1853, vol. 1, Perseus http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Aristoph.+Cl.+366
Clouds, line 366-367 (our emphasis on 367)
The Greek-mythology equivalent of "There is no God."
Clouds (423 BC)

Archilochus Foto

„Nothing can be surprising any more or impossible or miraculous, now that Zeus, father of the Olympians has made night out of noonday, hiding the bright sunlight, and . . . fear has come upon mankind. After this, men can believe anything, expect anything.“

—  Archilochus Ancient Greek lyric poet -680 - -645 v.Chr

Fragments
Variante: Zeus, the father of the Olympic Gods, turned mid-day into night, hiding the light of the dazzling Sun; and sore fear came upon men.
Kontext: Nothing can be surprising any more or impossible or miraculous, now that Zeus, father of the Olympians has made night out of noonday, hiding the bright sunlight, and... fear has come upon mankind. After this, men can believe anything, expect anything. Don't any of you be surprised in future if land beasts change places with dolphins and go to live in their salty pastures, and get to like the sounding waves of the sea more than the land, while the dolphins prefer the mountains.

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„But the rest, countless plagues, wander amongst men; for earth is full of evils and the sea is full.“

—  Hesiod, buch Werke und Tage

Original: (el) Αλλα δὲ μυρία λυγρὰ κατ᾽ ἀνθρώπους ἀλάληται·
πλείη μὲν γὰρ γαῖα κακῶν, πλείη δὲ θάλασσα.
Quelle: Works and Days (c. 700 BC), line 100.

Homér Foto

„But the will of Zeus will always overpower the will of men.“

—  Homér, Ilias

XVI. 688 (tr. Robert Fagles).
Iliad (c. 750 BC)
Original: (el) Ἀλλ' αἰεί τε Διὸς κρείσσων νόος ἠέ περ ἀνδρῶν.

Homér Foto

„Oh but if Zeus's lightning blinded us those days,
it's Zeus who drives us, hurls us on today!“

—  Homér, Ilias

XV. 724–725 (tr. Robert Fagles).
Iliad (c. 750 BC)
Original: (el) Ἀλλ' εἰ δή ῥα τότε βλάπτε φρένας εὐρύοπα Ζεὺς
ἡμετέρας, νῦν αὐτὸς ἐποτρύνει καὶ ἀνώγει.

Homér Foto

„But Zeus does not bring to accomplishment all thoughts in men's minds.“

—  Homér, Ilias

XVIII. 328 (tr. R. Lattimore).
Iliad (c. 750 BC)
Original: (el) Ἀλλ' οὐ Ζεὺς ἄνδρεσσι νοήματα πάντα τελευτᾷ.

Max Beckmann Foto

„Saw the English [pilots] coming from the sea in huge bands like the bristling hair of Zeus Jupiter. Heard all destroyed in Frankfurt. Sad…“

—  Max Beckmann German painter, draftsman, printmaker, sculptor and writer 1884 - 1950

12 April 1944
notes in his diary, 1944, Amsterdam; as quoted on: 'Arts in exile' http://kuenste-im-exil.de
1940s

Archilochus Foto

„Oh Zeus, father Zeus, Yours is the Kingdom of Heaven, and you watch men's deeds, the crafty and the right, and You are who cares for beasts' transgression and justice.“

—  Archilochus Ancient Greek lyric poet -680 - -645 v.Chr

Fragment 177
Fragments
Original: (el) ὦ Ζεῦ͵ πάτερ Ζεῦ͵ σὸν μὲν οὐρανοῦ κράτος͵ σὺ δ΄ ἔργ΄ ἐπ΄ ἀνθρώπων ὁρᾶις λεωργὰ καὶ θεμιστά͵ σοὶ δὲ θηρίων ὕβρις τε καὶ δίκη μέλει.

Christina Rossetti Foto

„All earth’s full rivers can not fill
The sea that drinking thirsteth still.“

—  Christina Rossetti English poet 1830 - 1894

By the Sea; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919); Old and New, Volume 5 (1872), p. 169.

Confucius Foto
Robert Williams Buchanan Foto

„Then glory grew on earth and heaven,
Full glory of full day!“

—  Robert Williams Buchanan Scottish poet, novelist and dramatist 1841 - 1901

Balder the Beautiful (1877)
Kontext: Along the melting shores of earth
An emerald flame there ran,
Forest and field grew bright, and mirth
Gladdened the flocks of man. Then glory grew on earth and heaven,
Full glory of full day!
Then the bright rainbow's colours seven
On every iceberg lay!In Balder's hand Christ placed His own,
And it was golden weather,
And on that berg as on a throne
The Brethren stood together!And countless voices far and wide
Sang sweet beneath the sky —
"All that is beautiful shall abide,
All that is base shall die.".

P.G. Wodehouse Foto
Yoshida Kenkō Foto

„There's no escaping it-the world is full of lies. It is safest always to accept what one hears as if it were utterly commonplace and devoid of interest.“

—  Yoshida Kenkō japanese writer 1283 - 1350

73
Essays in Idleness (1967 Columbia University Press, Trns: Donald Keene)

Lucy Larcom Foto

„This is a haunted world. It hath no breeze
But is the echo of some voice beloved“

—  Lucy Larcom American teacher, poet, author 1824 - 1893

Introductory poem.
Poems (1869)
Kontext: This is a haunted world. It hath no breeze
But is the echo of some voice beloved:
Its pines have human tones; its billows wear
The color and the sparkle of dear eyes.
Its flowers are sweet with touch of tender hands
That once clasped ours. All things are beautiful
Because of something lovelier than themselves,
Which breathes within them, and will never die. —
Haunted,—but not with any spectral gloom;
Earth is suffused, inhabited by heaven.

Henry David Thoreau Foto

„Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.“

—  Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 American poet, essayist, naturalist, and abolitionist 1817 - 1862

January 5, 1856
Journals (1838-1859)

Patrick Rothfuss Foto

„There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.“

—  Patrick Rothfuss, buch The Wise Man's Fear

Quelle: The Wise Man's Fear (2011), Chapter 43, “The Flickering Way” (p. 318)

Homér Foto
Ella Wheeler Wilcox Foto

„Rejoice, and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go.
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe.“

—  Ella Wheeler Wilcox American author and poet 1850 - 1919

Solitude
Poetry quotes
Kontext: Rejoice, and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go.
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all.
There are none to decline your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink life's gall.

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