— Ian Fleming English author, journalist and naval intelligence officer 1908 - 1964
„All change is relative. The universe is expanding relatively to our common material standards; our material standards are shrinking relatively to the size of the universe. The theory of the "expanding universe" might also be called the theory of the "shrinking atom."“
— Arthur Stanley Eddington British astrophysicist 1882 - 1944
[…] Let us then take the whole universe as our standard of constancy, and adopt the view of a cosmic being whose body is composed of intergalactic spaces and swells as they swell. Or rather we must now say it keeps the same size, for he will not admit that it is he who has changed. Watching us for a few thousand million years, he sees us shrinking; atoms, animals, planets, even the galaxies, all shrink alike; only the intergalactic spaces remain the same. The earth spirals round the sun in an ever‑decreasing orbit. It would be absurd to treat its changing revolution as a constant unit of time. The cosmic being will naturally relate his units of length and time so that the velocity of light remains constant. Our years will then decrease in geometrical progression in the cosmic scale of time. On that scale man's life is becoming briefer; his threescore years and ten are an ever‑decreasing allowance. Owing to the property of geometrical progressions an infinite number of our years will add up to a finite cosmic time; so that what we should call the end of eternity is an ordinary finite date in the cosmic calendar. But on that date the universe has expanded to infinity in our reckoning, and we have shrunk to nothing in the reckoning of the cosmic being.
We walk the stage of life, performers of a drama for the benefit of the cosmic spectator. As the scenes proceed he notices that the actors are growing smaller and the action quicker. When the last act opens the curtain rises on midget actors rushing through their parts at frantic speed. Smaller and smaller. Faster and faster. One last microscopic blurr of intense agitation. And then nothing.
pp. 90–92 https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=KHyV4-2EyrUC&pg=PA90
The Expanding Universe (1933)
— Stephen King, buch The Gunslinger
Variante: The greatest mystery the universe offers is not life but Size.
Quelle: The Gunslinger
— Jasper Fforde British novelist 1961
Quelle: Shades of Grey
„Events,” I say to the Captain, “events control our lives, although we have no understanding of them nor do they have any motivation. Everything is blind chance, happenstance, occurrence; in an infinite universe anything can happen. After the fact we find reasons.“
— Barry N. Malzberg, buch Beyond Apollo
Quelle: Beyond Apollo (1972), Chapter 60
— Michel Houellebecq, buch Plattform
— Meg Cabot Novelist 1967
— Charlie Sifford professional golfer 1922 - 2015
After winning the Greater Hartford Open, Charlie Sifford, Who Shattered a Barrier of Race in Golf, Dies at 92 https://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/05/sports/golf/charlie-sifford-first-black-player-on-pga-tour-dies-at-92.html by New York Times
— Lawrence M. Schoen American writer and klingonist 1959
Quelle: Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard (2015), Chapter 17, “Dead Voices” (p. 171)
— Amy Lee American singer-songwriter and pianist 1981
— Aleister Crowley poet, mountaineer, occultist 1875 - 1947
" Energized Enthusiasm : A Note On Theurgy http://www.the-equinox.org/vol1/no9/eqi09005.html" in The Equinox Vol. 1 no. 9 (Spring 1913) http://www.the-equinox.org/vol1/no9/index.html.
Kontext: I am certainly of opinion that genius can be acquired, or, in the alternative, that it is an almost universal possession. Its rarity may be attributed to the crushing influence of a corrupted society. It is rare to meet a youth without high ideals, generous thoughts, a sense of holiness, of his own importance, which, being interpreted, is, of his own identity with God. Three years in the world, and he is a bank clerk or even a government official. Only those who intuitively understand from early boyhood that they must stand out, and who have the incredible courage and endurance to do so in the face of all that tyranny, callousness, and the scorn of inferiors can do; only these arrive at manhood uncontaminated.
— Zig Ziglar American motivational speaker 1926 - 2012
— John Galsworthy English novelist and playwright 1867 - 1933
Quelle: Over the River (1933), Ch. 27
— Laurell K. Hamilton, buch Obsidian Butterfly
Quelle: Obsidian Butterfly
„"Global warming" suggests a steady linear increase in temperature, but since that isn't happening, proponents have shifted to the more universal term "climate change," which can be liberally applied to just about anything observable in the atmosphere.“
— Anthony Watts American television meteorologist 1958
Climate Change without Catastrophe: Interview with Anthony Watts http://oilprice.com/Interviews/Climate-Change-without-Catastrophe-Interview-with-Anthony-Watts.html, oilprice.com, 11 March, 2013.