„So, in the time when virtue bloomed
In lords and cavaliers of old,
We lived with joy and courtesy,
But then they fled down distant roads
And for a long time lost the way
And nevermore returned; but now
The winter and sharp winds are gone,
And virtue blossoms as before.“
„If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason.“
— Jack Handey American comedian 1949
"Deep Thoughts" segment, Saturday Night Live (12 October 1991)
— George Gordon Byron English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement 1788 - 1824
— Hilary Mantel British writer 1952
„When I lost my way, and
When the road was too long,
I was muttering to myself.
Life is just that way...“
— Ayumi Hamasaki Japanese recording artist, lyricist, model, and actress 1978
— Giovanni Maria Cecchi Italian poet, playwright, writer and notary 1518 - 1587
Le Rappresentazioni di Tobia, Act 7., Scene IV. Translation reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of quotations French and Italian (1904), p. 323.
„A blossom full of promise is life's joy,
That never comes to fruit; hope, for a time,
Suns the young floweret in its gladsome light,
And it looks flourishing—a little while,
Tis past, we know not whither, but 'tis gone“
— Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838
(19th January 1822) Poetic Sketches, No.2
„In winter, when the dismal rain
Comes down in slanting lines,
And Wind, that grand old harper, smote
His thunder-harp of pines.“
— Alexander Smith Scottish poet and essayist 1829 - 1867
— Percy Bysshe Shelley English Romantic poet 1792 - 1822
Context: Ah, woe is me! Winter is come and gone, But grief returns with the revolving year. St. XVIII
„How like fish we are: ready, nay eager, to seize upon whatever new thing some wind of circumstance shakes down upon the river of time! … Even so, I think there is some virtue in eagerness, whether its object prove true or false.“
— Aldo Leopold American writer and scientist 1887 - 1948
“June: The Alder Fork”, p. 39.
„He knows how what is distant lies in what is near. He knows where the wind proceeds from. He knows how what is minute becomes manifested. Such a one, we may be sure, will enter into virtue.“
— Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -550 - -478 v.Chr
Context: It is the way of the superior man to prefer the concealment of his virtue, while it daily becomes more illustrious, and it is the way of the mean man to seek notoriety, while he daily goes more and more to ruin. It is characteristic of the superior man, appearing insipid, yet never to produce satiety; while showing a simple negligence, yet to have his accomplishments recognized; while seemingly plain, yet to be discriminating. He knows how what is distant lies in what is near. He knows where the wind proceeds from. He knows how what is minute becomes manifested. Such a one, we may be sure, will enter into virtue.
„Time lost is time when we have not lived a full human life, time unenriched by experience, creative endeavor, enjoyment, and suffering. Time lost is time not filled, time left empty.“
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer German Lutheran pastor, theologian, dissident anti-Nazi 1906 - 1945
Context: Time is the most precious gift in our possession, for it is the most irrevocable. This is what makes it so disturbing to look back upon the time which we have lost. Time lost is time when we have not lived a full human life, time unenriched by experience, creative endeavor, enjoyment, and suffering. Time lost is time not filled, time left empty. As quoted in LIFE magazine (22 April 1957), p. 152; also in Letters and Papers from Prison (1967), p. 47.
— Robert Hunter American musician 1941
"Box of Rain"
— Vernor Vinge American mathematician, computer scientist, and science fiction writer 1944
Context: The hours came to minutes, the minutes to seconds. And now each second was as long as all the time before. Prologue (p. 4).