„Man alone, it seems, lives all his life in the knowledge of death. And yet there is more to life than merely waiting for death. For life to have meaning, there must be a purpose. A man must pass something on — otherwise he is useless.“

—  David Gemmell, buch Legend

Ch. 29
Drenai series, Legend, Pt 1: Against the Horde

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David Gemmell
englischer Fantasy-Schriftsteller 1948 - 2006

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„If there is a meaning in life at all, then there must be a meaning in suffering. Suffering is an ineradicable part of life, even as fate and death.“

—  Viktor E. Frankl, buch … trotzdem Ja zum Leben sagen

p. 67 in the 1959 Beacon Press edition
Quelle: Man's Search for Meaning (1946; 1959; 1984)

Leonid Brezhnev Foto

„Every man must be made to realize that further retreat is impossible. He must realize with his mind and heart that this is a matter of life and death of the Soviet state, of the life and death of the people of our country…the Nazi troops must be stopped now, before it is too late.“

—  Leonid Brezhnev General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union 1906 - 1982

Statement made in World War II, as a commissar on the southern front, as quoted in Leonid I. Brezhnev : Pages from his Life (1978) by Academy of Sciences of the USSR, p. 49; also in For the Soul of Mankind : The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Cold War (2007) by Melvyn P. Leffler, p. 237

Leo Tolstoy Foto
Albert Schweitzer Foto
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Foto

„A useless life is an early death.“

—  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Iphigenie auf Tauris

Ein unnütz Leben ist ein früher Tod...
Act I, sc. ii
Iphigenie auf Tauris (1787)

Louis Sullivan Foto

„The man who designs in this spirit and with the sense of responsibility to the generation he lives in must be no coward, no denier, no bookworm, no dilettante. He must live of his life and for his life in the fullest, most consummate sense.“

—  Louis Sullivan American architect 1856 - 1924

The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered (1896)
Kontext: We must now heed the imperative voice of emotion.
It demands of us, What is the chief characteristic of the tall office building? And at once we answer, it is lofty. This loftiness is to the artist-nature its thrilling aspect. It is the very open organ-tone in its appeal. It must be in turn the dominant chord in his expression of it, the true excitant of his imagination. It must be tall, every inch of it tall. The force and power of altitude must be in it the glory and pride of exaltation must be in it. It must be every inch a proud and soaring thing, rising in sheer exultation that from bottom to top it is a unit without a single dissenting line, — that it is the new, the unexpected, the eloquent peroration of most bald, most sinister, most forbidding conditions.
The man who designs in this spirit and with the sense of responsibility to the generation he lives in must be no coward, no denier, no bookworm, no dilettante. He must live of his life and for his life in the fullest, most consummate sense. He must realize at once and with the grasp of inspiration that the problem of the tall office building is one of the most stupendous, one of the most magnificent opportunities that the Lord of Nature in His beneficence has ever offered to the proud spirit of man.
That this has not been perceived — indeed, has been flatly denied — is an exhibition of human perversity that must give us pause.

Baruch Spinoza Foto

„A free man thinks of death least of all things; and his wisdom is a meditation not of death but of life.“

—  Baruch Spinoza, buch Ethics

Part IV, Prop. LXVII
Ethics (1677)
Original: (la) Homo liber de nulla re minus, quam de morte cogitat, et ejus sapientia non mortis, sed vitae meditatio est.

Jean de La Bruyère Foto

„There are but three events in a man's life: birth, life and death. He is not conscious of being born, he dies in pain, and he forgets to live.“

—  Jean de La Bruyère, buch Les Caractères

Il n'y a pour l'homme que trois événements: naître, vivre et mourir. Il ne se sent pas naître, il souffre à mourir, et il oublie de vivre.
Aphorism 48
Les Caractères (1688), De l'Homme

Viktor E. Frankl Foto
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„He will know that for all men to be alike is the death of life in man, and yet perceive harmony that transcends all diversities and in which diversity finds its richness and significance.“

—  Howard Thurman American writer 1899 - 1981

The Search For Common Ground : An Inquiry Into The Basis Of Man's Experience Of Community (1971), p. 6
Kontext: In the conflicts between man and man, between group and group, between nation and nation, the loneliness of the seeker for community is sometimes unendurable. The radical tension between good and evil, as man sees it and feels it, does not have the last word about the meaning of life and the nature of existence. There is a spirit in man and in the world working always against the thing that destroys and lays waste. Always he must know that the contradictions of life are not final or ultimate; he must distinguish between failure and a many-sided awareness so that he will not mistake conformity for harmony, uniformity for synthesis. He will know that for all men to be alike is the death of life in man, and yet perceive harmony that transcends all diversities and in which diversity finds its richness and significance.

Oscar Wilde Foto

„For he who lives more lives than one
More deaths than one must die.“

—  Oscar Wilde, buch The Ballad of Reading Gaol

Pt. III, st. 22
The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898)
Quelle: The Ballad of Reading Gaol and Other Poems

Charles Sumner Foto

„If a man has done evil in his life, he must not be complimented in marble.“

—  Charles Sumner American abolitionist and politician 1811 - 1874

As quoted in Simon, James F., Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney (2006), Simon and Schuster, p. 268.

„To wait for life is the pathway to death.“

—  Sean Russell author 1952

Chapter 6 (p. 73)
Sea Without a Shore (1996)

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