„The life-giving Spirit is the very one who slays you; the first thing the life-giving Spirit says is that you must enter into death, that you must die to – it is this way in order that you many not take Christianity in vain. A life-giving Spirit – that is the invitation; who would not willingly take hold of it! But die first – that is the halt!“

1850s, For Self-Examination (1851), It Is the Spirit Who Gives Life

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dänischer Philosoph, Essayist, Theologe und religiöser Schr… 1813 - 1855

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„If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.“

—  Laozi semi-legendary Chinese figure, attributed to the 6th century, regarded as the author of the Tao Te Ching and founder of… -604

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„The very first right of every animal is the right to live. As you cannot give life to a dead creature, you do not have the right to take life away from a living one.“

—  Dada Vaswani Spiritual leader 1918 - 2018

Quelle: http://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/hinduism/2005/06/the-world-needs-love.aspx

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„When you look straight on, you end by seeing the immense event — death. There is only one thing which really gives the meaning of our whole life, and that is our death. In that terrible light may they judge their hearts who will one day die.“

—  Henri Barbusse French novelist 1873 - 1935

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Kontext: When you look straight on, you end by seeing the immense event — death. There is only one thing which really gives the meaning of our whole life, and that is our death. In that terrible light may they judge their hearts who will one day die. Well I know that Marie's death would be the same thing in my heart as my own, and it seems to me also that only within her of all the world does my own likeness wholly live. We are not afraid of the too great sincerity which goes the length of these things; and we talk about them, beside the bed which awaits the inevitable hour when we shall not awake in it again. We say: —
"There'll be a day when I shall begin something that I shan't finish — a walk, or a letter, or a sentence, or a dream.".

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„O Lord and Master of my life, give me not a spirit of sloth, vain curiosity, lust for power and idle talk, but give to me, Thy servant, a spirit of soberness, humility, patience and love.“

—  Ephrem the Syrian Syriac deacon and a prolific Syriac-language hymnographer and theologian of the 4th century 306 - 373

"Prayer of Ephrem" as translated in The Lenten Triodion (1978) by Mother Mary and Archimandrite Kallistos Ware, p. 69
Variant translations:
O Lord and Master of my life, give me not a spirit of sloth, vain curiosity, lust for power and idle talk, but give to me, your servant, a spirit of soberness, humility, patience and love. O Lord and King, grant me to see my own faults and not to condemn my brother: for you are blessed for ever and ever. Amen. O God, cleanse me, a sinner.
As translated in Who's Holding the Umbrella (1984) by William E. Yaeger, p. 70
Kontext: O Lord and Master of my life, give me not a spirit of sloth, vain curiosity, lust for power and idle talk, but give to me, Thy servant, a spirit of soberness, humility, patience and love. O Lord and King, grant me to see my own faults and not to condemn my brother: for blessed art Thou to the ages of ages. Amen. O God, cleanse me, a sinner.

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„To withhold from living is to die … the more you give of yourself to life the more life nourishes you.“

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

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„Take, O boatman, thrice thy fee,—
Take, I give it willingly;
For, invisible to thee,
Spirits twain have crossed with me.“

—  Ludwig Uhland German poet 1787 - 1862

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„Oh how beautiful to fall to give you flight,
To die to give you life, to rest under your sky;
And in your enchanted land forever sleep.“

—  José Rizal Filipino writer, ophthalmologist, polyglot and nationalist 1861 - 1896

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„The sun gives spirit and life to plants and the earth nourishes them with moisture.“

—  Leonardo Da Vinci Italian Renaissance polymath 1452 - 1519

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