„The aim of man is beyond the temporal — in the serene region of the everlasting Present.“

Sermon VII : Outward and Inward Morality
Meister Eckhart’s Sermons (1909)
Kontext: The moral task of man is a process of spiritualization. All creatures are go-betweens, and we are placed in time that by diligence in spiritual business we may grow liker and nearer to God. The aim of man is beyond the temporal — in the serene region of the everlasting Present.

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„The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.“

—  Henry Miller, buch Wendekreis des Steinbocks

A fragment of Miller's unfinished book on D. H. Lawrence, originally published in the London literary journal Purpose.
Quelle: Tropic of Capricorn (1939) "Creative Death", p. 2

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„The most manifest sign of wisdom is a continual cheerfulness; her state is like that in the regions above the moon, always clear and serene.“

—  Michel De Montaigne (1533-1592) French-Occitan author, humanistic philosopher, statesman 1533 - 1592

Book I, Ch. 26
Attributed
Variante: The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.

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„I don't think of the past. The only thing that matters is the everlasting present.“

—  W. Somerset Maugham, buch The Moon and Sixpence

Quelle: The Moon and Sixpence (1919), Ch. 21, p. 79

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„Here in this region beyond thought the human spirit actively soars.“

—  Henry Suso Dominican friar and mystic 1295 - 1366

Here in this region beyond thought the human spirit actively soars
The Exemplar, The Life of the Servant

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„I have an attitude now that is immovable. I shall remain outside of the world, beyond the temporal, beyond all the organizations of the world. I only believe in poetry.“

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

August 22, 1936 Fire
Diary entries (1914 - 1974)

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„The great thing however is, in the show of the temporal and the transient to recognize the substance which is immanent and the eternal which is present.“

—  Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel German philosopher 1770 - 1831

Works, VII, 17.
Kontext: The great thing however is, in the show of the temporal and the transient to recognize the substance which is immanent and the eternal which is present. For the work of Reason (which is synonymous with the Idea) when considered in its own actuality, is to simultaneously enter external existence and emerge with an infinite wealth of forms, phenomena and phases — a multiplicity that envelops its essential rational kernel with a motley outer rind with which our ordinary consciousness is earliest at home. It is this rind that the Concept must penetrate before Reason can find its own inward pulse and feel it still beating even in the outward phases. But this infinite variety of circumstances which is formed in this element of externality by the light of the rational essence shining in it — all this infinite material, with its regulatory laws — is not the object of philosophy.... To comprehend what is, is the task of philosophy: and what is is Reason.

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„Serenity is impossible to a poor man in a cold country“

—  George Orwell English author and journalist 1903 - 1950

Review of Hunger and Love by Lionel Britton, in The Adelphi (April 1931)
Kontext: To the well-fed it seems cowardly to complain of tight boots, because the well-fed live in a different world-a world where, if your boots are tight, you can change them; their minds are not warped by petty discomfort. But below a certain income the petty crowds the large out of existence; one's preoccupation is not with art or religion, but with bad food, hard beds, drudgery and the sack. Serenity is impossible to a poor man in a cold country and even his active thoughts will go in more or less sterile complaint.

„The pure religious consciousness lies in a region which is forever beyond all proof or disproof.“

—  Walter Terence Stace British civil servant, educator and philosopher. 1886 - 1967

p. 136

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„Science can only arrange ethical propositions logically and furnish the means for the realization of ethical aims, but the determination of aims is beyond its scope.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

Attributed in posthumous publications, Einstein and Religion (1999)
Kontext: I have found no better expression than "religious" for confidence in the rational nature of reality as it is accessible to human reason. Wherever this feeling is absent, science degenerates into uninspired empiricism. … I cannot accept your opinion concerning science and ethics or the determination of aims. What we call science has the sole purpose of determining what is. The determining of what ought to be is unrelated to it and cannot be accomplished methodically. Science can only arrange ethical propositions logically and furnish the means for the realization of ethical aims, but the determination of aims is beyond its scope. At least that is the way I see it.

Letter to his friend Maurice Solovine (1 January 1951) p. 120

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„In this wild mountain region of the 'where' beyond God there is an abyss full of play and feeling for all pure spirits.“

—  Henry Suso Dominican friar and mystic 1295 - 1366

The Exemplar, The Life of the Servant

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„My life lies beyond the present.“

—  Henry Ward Beecher American clergyman and activist 1813 - 1887

Quelle: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 109
Kontext: Christ is the ideal of what a man should be. He has my ideal portrait, as it were, drawn out in His own thought and feeling. There is an exaltation and a grandeur for myself in the time to come, which Christ knows, and I do not; but I am following after. I am pressing up toward that thought that Christ has of what I am and ought to be; and I am determined that I will apprehend it as Christ Himself does. Not that I have it; but I will strive for it. My manhood is in the future. My life lies beyond the present.

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„We have to look at the Iran issue beyond the issue of energy trade. In the first place, we have to think about the security and stability in the Gulf region. India has vital stakes in the Gulf region. Six million Indians live and work in the Gulf region and beyond. It is one of the critical destinations of our external trade -- over $100 billion in exports, and over 60% of oil imports, and a major source of remittances.“

—  S. M. Krishna Indian politician 1932

Declining Hillary Clinton's request that India should stop trading with Iran, and describing the need of Iran for India, 9 May, 2012. http://www.iranwatch.org/government/US/DOS/us-dos-remarkssecretaryclinton-and-indianexternalaffairsminister-050812.htm

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„The actual state of our knowledge is always provisional and … there must be, beyond what is actually known, immense new regions to discover.“

—  Louis de Broglie French physicist 1892 - 1987

Foreword of book by [David Bohm, Causality and Chance in Modern Physics, Routledge, 1984, 0415174406, x]

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„Pacific Ocean, its shores, its islands, and the vast regions beyond, will become the chief theatre of events in the World's great Hereafter“

—  William H. Seward American lawyer and politician 1801 - 1872

Commerce in the Pacific Ocean (1852)
Kontext: Who does not see, then, that every year hereafter, European commerce, European politics, European thoughts, and European activity, although actually gaining greater force and European connections, although actually becoming more intimate will nevertheless relatively sink in importance; while the Pacific Ocean, its shores, its islands, and the vast regions beyond, will become the chief theatre of events in the World's great Hereafter? Who does not see that this movement must effect our own complete emancipation from what remains of European influence and prejudice, and in turn develop the American opinion and influence which shall remould constitutions, laws, and customs, in the land that is first greeted by the rising sun?

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