„Look at yourself. You came into this world, but what you have to realize is that you came from Him and you must return to Him. The light within you has to merge with that One Light. Then the dark show of life will disappear. My love you, my children. This is the most important thing to understand in life.“
„It answers the question that was tormenting you: my love, you are not 'one thing in my life' - not even the most important - because my life no longer belongs to me because… you are always me.“
— Jean Paul Sartre French existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary cri… 1905 - 1980
„If there were a map of the solar system, but instead of stars it showed people and their degrees of separation, my star would be the one you had to travel the most light-years from to get to his. You would die getting to him.“
— Miranda July, No One Belongs Here More Than You
„My mother taught me the most important principles, to be determined in life, to be disciplined, to be able to understand that there are some things that you can’t do and other things you have to do, that you always have to be surrounded by love, that you have to be understanding.“
— Sophia Loren Italian actress 1934
„My life-my whole life- take it, and do with it what you will. I love you-love you as I have never loved any living thing. From the moment I met you I loved you, loved you blindly, adoringly, madly!
You didn't know it then-you know it now.“
— Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermeres Fächer
„You exist: without name, without form. You cannot see the light of day; you cannot see the dark. You sold the green earth and the sun and stars to save yourself. But you have no self. All that which you sold, that is yourself. You have given everything for nothing. And so now you seek to draw the world to you, all that light and life you lost, to fill up your nothingness. But it cannot be filled. Not all the songs of earth, not all the stars of heaven, could fill your emptiness.“
— Ursula K. Le Guin American writer 1929 - 2018
Earthsea Books, The Farthest Shore (1972), Chapter 12, "The Dry Land"
„I can remember the horror which came over my parents when they became convinced that it was so with me [that I wanted to be a writer]—and properly so. What you have and they had to look forward to is life made intolerable by a mean, cantankerous, opinionated, moody, quarrelsome, unreasonable, nervous, flighty, irresponsible son. You will get no loyalty, little consideration and desperately little attention from him. In fact you will want to kill him. I'm sure my father and mother often must have considered poisoning me.“
— John Steinbeck American writer 1902 - 1968
Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 45 (1969)
„You can not make yourself whole again by brooding one hundred percent of the time on the darkness of the world. We are the light of the world.“
— Ivan Van Sertima British Africanist in New Jersey 1935 - 2009
„At dawn they came and took you away.
You were my dead: I walked behind.
In the dark room children cried,
the holy candle gasped for air.“
— Anna Akhmatova Russian modernist poet 1889 - 1966
Requiem; 1935-1940 (1963; 1987), Prologue, They led you away... They took you away at daybreak. Half wak- ing, as though at a wake, I followed. In the dark chamber children were crying, In the image-case, candlelight guttered. At your lips, the chill of icon, A deathly sweat at your brow. I shall go creep to our walling wall, Crawl to the Kremlin towers. Translated by D. M. Thomas
„So what is true for life itself is no less true for the universe: knowing where you came from is no less important than knowing where you are going.“
— Neil deGrasse Tyson American astrophysicist and science communicator 1958
2000s, Context: No matter who you are, engaging in the quest to discover where and how things began tends to induce emotional fervor—as if knowing the beginning bestows upon you some form of fellowship with, or perhaps governance over, all that comes later. So what is true for life itself is no less true for the universe: knowing where you came from is no less important than knowing where you are going.
„Loneliness and frustration,
We both came down with an acute case.
And when the lights came up at two,
I caught a glimpse of you.
And your face looked like something
Death brought with him in his suitcase“
— Warren Zevon American singer-songwriter 1947 - 2003
"The French Inhaler"
„To be mature you have to realize what you value most… Not to arrive at a clear understanding of one's own values is a tragic waste. You have missed the whole point of what life is for.“
— Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life