„Man himself is an enigma in motion“

—  Alain

Introduction
The Gods (1934)
Kontext: Man himself is an enigma in motion; his questions never stay asked; whereas the mold, the footprint, and by natural extension, the statue itself, like the vaults, the arches, the temples with which man records his own passing, remain immobile and fix a moment of man’s life, upon which one might endlessly meditate.

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französischer Philosoph, Schriftsteller und Journalist 1868 - 1951

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„It is enigma enough that the world is described by mathematics; but by simple mathematics, of the sort that a few years energetic study now produces familiarity with, this is an enigma within an enigma.“

—  John D. Barrow British scientist 1952

New Theories of Everything (2007)
Kontext: Scanning the past millennia of human achievement reveals just how much has been achieved during the last three hundred years since Newton set in motion the effective mathematization of Nature. We found that the world is curiously adapted to a simple mathematical description. It is enigma enough that the world is described by mathematics; but by simple mathematics, of the sort that a few years energetic study now produces familiarity with, this is an enigma within an enigma.<!--Ch. 1, p. 2

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„The absurd and legendary devil is the enigma of the Church.“

—  L. Frank Baum Children's writer, editor, journalist, screenwriter 1856 - 1919

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„I am always wandering around in enigmas.“

—  M. C. Escher Dutch graphic artist 1898 - 1972

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Variante: I walk around in mysteries. Each time, youngsters say: you make Op-art too. I don't know what that is, Op-art. This work I have been making for the past thirty years.
Kontext: I am always wandering around in enigmas. There are young people who constantly come to tell me: you, too, are making Op Art. I haven't the slightest idea what that is, Op Art. I've been doing this work for thirty years now.

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„This statistical regularity in moral affairs fully establishes their being under the presidency of law. Man is now seen to be an enigma only as an individual; in the mass he is a mathematical problem.“

—  Robert Chambers (publisher, born 1802), buch Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation

Quelle: Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation (1844), p. 170-171 ( 1846 edition http://books.google.com/books?id=UkoWAAAAYAAJ)
Kontext: This statistical regularity in moral affairs fully establishes their being under the presidency of law. Man is now seen to be an enigma only as an individual; in the mass he is a mathematical problem. It is hardly necessary to say, much less to argue, that mental action, being proved to be under law, passes at once into the category of natural things. Its old metaphysical character vanishes in a moment, and the distinction usually taken between physical and moral is annulled, as only an error in terms. This view agrees with what all observation teaches, that mental phenomena flow directly from the brain.

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„I know the motion of the deepest stone.
Each one's himself, yet each one's everyone.“

—  Theodore Roethke American poet 1908 - 1963

"The Sententious Man," ll. 31-36
Words for the Wind (1958)
Kontext: p>Is pain a promise? I was schooled in pain,
And found out what I could of all desire;
I weep for what I'm like when I'm alone
In the deep center of the voice and fire.I know the motion of the deepest stone.
Each one's himself, yet each one's everyone.</p

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„I first heard of the 23 Enigma from William S. Burroughs“

—  Robert Anton Wilson American author and polymath 1932 - 2007

"The 23 Phenomenon" in Fortean Times 23 (1977)<!-- DEAD LINK as of 2015·03·28 published online (May 2007) http://www.forteantimes.com/features/commentary/396/the_23_phenomenon.html -->, also quoted in "The hidden roots of the 23 Enigma" by Theo Paijmans at the Charles Forte Institute (13 May 2010) http://blogs.forteana.org/node/119
Kontext: I first heard of the 23 Enigma from William S. Burroughs, author of Naked Lunch, Nova Express, etc. According to Burroughs, he had known a certain Captain Clark, around 1960 in Tangier, who once bragged that he had been sailing 23 years without an accident. That very day, Clark’s ship had an accident that killed him and everybody else aboard. Furthermore, while Burroughs was thinking about this crude example of the irony of the gods that evening, a bulletin on the radio announced the crash of an airliner in Florida, USA. The pilot was another Captain Clark and the flight was Flight 23.

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„Society bristles with enigmas which look hard to solve. It is a perfect maze of intrigue.“

—  Honoré de Balzac French writer 1799 - 1850

Le monde offre énormément d’énigmes dont le mot paraît difficile à trouver. Il y a des intrigues multipliées.
Part I, ch. IV.
Letters of Two Brides (1841-1842)

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