„Maybe the most sacred function of memory is just that: to render the distinction between past, present, and future ultimately meaningless; to enable us at some level of our being to inhabit that same eternity which it is said that God himself inhabits.“
Telling Secrets (1991)
„Man must have been conscious of memories and purposes long before he made any explicit distinction between past, present, and future.“
— Gerald James Whitrow British mathematician 1912 - 2000
Time in History: Views of Time from Prehistory to the Present Day (1988), p. 21
Statement about perceptions he experienced in early clinical experiments with LSD. How Do We Know Who We Are? : A Biography of the Self (1997)
„There is a distinction between belief in a set of propositions and a faith which enables us to put our trust in them.“
— Karen Armstrong, buch A History of God
A History of God (1993)
„For, in the final analysis, our most common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal.“
— John F. Kennedy, buch Profiles in Courage
1963, American University speech
Variante: For in the final analysis, our most basic common link, is that we all inhabit this small planet, we all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children's futures, and we are all mortal.
Quelle: Profiles in Courage
Kontext: In short, both the United States and its allies, and the Soviet Union and its allies, have a mutually deep interest in a just and genuine peace and in halting the arms race. Agreements to this end are in the interests of the Soviet Union as well as ours — and even the most hostile nations can be relied upon to accept and keep those treaty obligations, and only those treaty obligations, which are in their own interest. So, let us not be blind to our differences — but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal.
— James Joyce Irish novelist and poet 1882 - 1941
To Jacques Mercanton, on the structure of Ulysses, as quoted in James Joyce: The Critical Heritage (1997) by Robert H. Deming, p. 22
„Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future, and renders the present inaccessible.“
— Maya Angelou American author and poet 1928 - 2014
Variante: Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.
„The real is the present, conceived not as a mathematical point between the present and the past, but as the union of present and past in a duration or permanence that is at the same time change. Thus the past as past and the future as future do not exist at all, but are purely ideal; the past as living in the present and the future as germinating in the present are wholly real and indeed are just the present itself. It is because of the presence of these two elements in the present… that the present is a concrete and changing reality and not an empty mathematical point.“
— R. G. Collingwood British historian and philosopher 1889 - 1943
Quelle: "Some Perplexities about time: with an attempted solution" (1925), p. 149. as cited in: Jonathan Gorman, "The transmission of our understanding of historical time." Historia Social y de la Educación 1.2 (2012): 129-152.
„Transition is a complete present which unites the past and the future in a momentary progressive ecstasy, a progressive eternity, a true eternity of eternities, eternal moments.“
— Juan Ramón Jimenéz Spanish poet 1881 - 1958
"Heroic Reason", as translated by H. R. Hays, in Selected Writings of Juan Ramon Jimenez (1957) edited by Eugenio Florit, p. 231.
Kontext: A permanent state of transition is man's most noble condition. When we say an artist is in a state of transition, many believe that we are belittling. In my opinion when people speak of an art of transition this indicates a better art and the best that art can give. Transition is a complete present which unites the past and the future in a momentary progressive ecstasy, a progressive eternity, a true eternity of eternities, eternal moments. Progressive ecstasy is above all dynamic; movement is what sustains life and true death is nothing but lack of movement, be the corpse upright or supine. Without movement life is annihilated, within and without, for lack of dynamic cohesion. But the dynamism should be principally of the spirit, of the idea, it should be a moral dynamic ecstasy, dynamic in relation to progress, ecstatic in relation to permanence.
— Jorge Majfud Uruguayan-American writer 1969
La generación FaceNoBook, Revista Alma Mater, La Habana (July 2012), p. 5
„God draws no distinction between Himself and us. God opens up the union of the very godhead (Trinity), and brings us into it.“
— Paul Crouch American broadcster 1934 - 2013
Praise-a-thon TBN (November 1990) http://www.bereanfaith.com/heresy.php?action=aquote&id=2
„Imaginative truth is the most immediate way of presenting ultimate reality to a human being … ultimate reality is what we call God.“
— R.S. Thomas Welsh poet 1913 - 2000
R. S. Thomas : Priest and Poet, BBC TV (2 April 1972)
„Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.“
— Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
Letter to Besso's family (March 1955) following the death of Michele Besso, as quoted in Disturbing the Universe (1979) by Freeman Dyson Ch. 17 "A Distant Mirror", p. 193
Sometimes misquoted as "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
Variante: "He has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. For us believing physicists, the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubborn illusion." Quoted in Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson (2008), p. 540 http://books.google.com/books?id=cdxWNE7NY6QC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA540#v=onepage&q&f=false.
Variante: "Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That signifies nothing. For us believing physicists, the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion." Quoted in Albert Einstein: The Miracle Mind by Tabatha Yeatts (2007), p. 116 http://books.google.com/books?id=XiyyVYvQBKQC&lpg=PP1&pg=PT114#v=onepage&q&f=false.
Variante: "In quitting this strange world he has once again preceded me by a little. That doesn't mean anything. For those of us who believe in physics, this separation between past, present, and future is only an illusion, however tenacious." Quoted in The Structure of Physics by Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker (1985), p. 288 http://books.google.com/books?id=DeexONN0zDgC&lpg=PR2&pg=PA288#v=onepage&q&f=false.
Variante: "Now he has departed a little ahead of me from this quaint world. This means nothing. For us faithful physicists, the separation between past, present, and future has only the meaning of an illusion, though a persistent one." Quoted in Einstein and Religion by Max Jammer (2002), p. 161 http://books.google.com/books?id=TnCc1f1C25IC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA161#v=onepage&q&f=false.
Variante: "Now he has preceded me by a little bit in his departure from this strange world as well. This means nothing. For those of us who believe in physics, the distinction between past, present, and future is only an illusion, however tenacious this illusion may be." Quoted in Einstein: A Biography by Jürgen Neff (2007), p. 402 http://books.google.com/books?id=B8K6n177ZwcC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA402#v=onepage&q&f=false
„Whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses; whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future predominate over the present, advances us in the dignity of thinking beings.“
— Samuel Johnson, buch A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland
A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland (1775), Inch Kenneth
— Francois Mauriac French author 1885 - 1970
Journal, 1932-1939 (Paris: Table ronde, 1947) p. 278; Adrienne Foulke (trans.) Second Thoughts (Plainview, NY: Books for Libraries Press,  1973) p. 148.
Kontext: Where does discipline end? Where does cruelty begin? Somewhere between these, thousands of children inhabit a voiceless hell.
— Patrick Swift British artist 1927 - 1983
"The Painter in the Press", 'X magazine, Vol. I, No.4 (October 1960).
„That Mars is inhabited by beings of some sort or other we may consider as certain as it is uncertain what these beings may be.“
— Percival Lowell, buch Mars and its Canals
Quelle: Mars and its Canals (1906), Chapter XXXII, Conclusion
„One does not inhabit a country; one inhabits a language. That is our country, our fatherland — and no other.“
— Emil M. Cioran Romanian philosopher and essayist 1911 - 1995
Variant translation: We inhabit a language rather than a country.
Anathemas and Admirations (1987)