„It costs so much to be a full human being that there are very few who have the enlightenment, or the courage, to pay the price…. One has to abandon altogether the search for security, and reach out to the risk of living with both arms. One has to embrace the world like a lover, and yet demand no easy return of love. One has to accept pain as a condition of existence. One has to court doubt and darkness as the cost of knowing. One needs a will stubborn in conflict, but apt always to the total acceptance of every consequence of living and dying.“

The Shoes of the Fisherman (1963)

Morris L. West Foto
Morris L. West
australischer Autor 1916 - 1999

Ähnliche Zitate

Isa Bowman Foto
Poul Anderson Foto

„Anderson demonstrates that if one accepts a sham mystery as real, one has stopped or strayed in the search for truth, and truth has survival value.“

—  Poul Anderson American science fiction and fantasy writer 1926 - 2001

Patrick L. McGuire, Her Strong Enchantments Failing (p. 94)
Short fiction

Karl Freund Foto
Oscar Wilde Foto
Tang Xianzu Foto

„Love is not love at its fullest if one who lives is unwilling to die for it, or if it cannot restore to life one who has so died.“

—  Tang Xianzu Chinese playwright 1550 - 1616

Preface to Mudan Ting dated 1598; in The Peony Pavilion, trans. Cyril Birch (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2002), p. ix
Kontext: Love is of source unknown, yet it grows ever deeper. The living may die of it, by its power the dead live again. Love is not love at its fullest if one who lives is unwilling to die for it, or if it cannot restore to life one who has so died. And must the love that comes in dream necessarily be unreal? For there is no lack of dream lovers in this world.

Kofi Annan Foto
Pierre Choderlos de Laclos Foto

„One has lived long enough if one has had time to win the love of women and the esteem of men.“

—  Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, buch Les Liaisons dangereuses

On a toujours assez vécu, quand on a eu le temps d’acquérir l’amour des femmes et l’estime des hommes.
Letter 79: Le Vicomte de Valmont to la Marquise de Merteuil. Trans. P.W.K. Stone (1961). http://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/Les_Liaisons_dangereuses_-_Lettre_79
Les liaisons dangereuses (1782)

Ludwig Wittgenstein Foto

„You could attach prices to thoughts. Some cost a lot, some a little. And how does one pay for thoughts? The answer, I think, is: with courage.“

—  Ludwig Wittgenstein Austrian-British philosopher 1889 - 1951

p. 52e
Culture and Value (1980)
Variante: You could attach prices to ideas. Some cost a lot some little. … And how do you pay for ideas? I believe: with courage.

Jodi Picoult Foto
Aldous Huxley Foto
Agatha Christie Foto
André Malraux Foto
Anaïs Nin Foto

„I believe one writes because one has to create a world in which one can live.“

—  Anaïs Nin writer of novels, short stories, and erotica 1903 - 1977

February 1954 The Diary of Anaïs Nin Vol. 5 (1947-1955), as quoted in Woman as Writer (1978) by Jeannette L. Webber and Joan Grumman, p. 38
Diary entries (1914 - 1974)
Kontext: Why one writes is a question I can answer easily, having so often asked it of myself. I believe one writes because one has to create a world in which one can live. I could not live in any of the worlds offered to me — the world of my parents, the world of war, the world of politics. I had to create a world of my own, like a climate, a country, an atmosphere in which I could breathe, reign, and recreate myself when destroyed by living. That, I believe, is the reason for every work of art.

Richard Matheson Foto
Stefan Zweig Foto
Colleen McCullough Foto

„One superlative song, existence the price. But the whole world stills to listen, and God in His heaven smiles. For the best is only bought at the cost of the great pain. … Or so says the legend.“

—  Colleen McCullough, buch The Thorn Birds

Epigraph, The Thorn Birds (1977)
Kontext: There is a legend about a bird that sings just once in its life, more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth. From the moment it leaves the nest it searches for a thorn tree and does not rest until it has found one. Then, singing among the savage branches, it impales itself upon the longest, sharpest spine. Dying, it rises above its own agony to out-carol the lark and the nightingale. One superlative song, existence the price. But the whole world stills to listen, and God in His heaven smiles. For the best is only bought at the cost of the great pain. … Or so says the legend.

Lama Ole Nydahl Foto

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

x