„Sometimes I think the purpose of life is to reconcile us to its eventual loss by wearing us down, by proving, however long it takes, that life isn't all it's cracked up to be.“

—  Julian Barnes, buch Vom Ende einer Geschichte

Quelle: The Sense of an Ending

Letzte Aktualisierung 3. Juni 2021. Geschichte
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britischer Schriftsteller 1946

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„When I talk of the purpose of life, I am thinking not only of human life, but of all life on Earth and of the life which must exist upon other planets throughout the universe. It is only of life on Earth, however, that one can speak with any certainty. It seems to me that all life on Earth, the sum total of life upon the Earth, has purpose.“

—  Clifford D. Simak American writer, journalist 1904 - 1988

Interview in Speaking of Science Fiction: The Paul Walker Interviews (1978)
Kontext: When I talk of the purpose of life, I am thinking not only of human life, but of all life on Earth and of the life which must exist upon other planets throughout the universe. It is only of life on Earth, however, that one can speak with any certainty. It seems to me that all life on Earth, the sum total of life upon the Earth, has purpose. If the means were available, we could trace our ancestry — yours and mine — back to the first blob of life-like material that came into being on the planet. The same thing could be done for the spider that spun his web in the grass, and of the grass in which the web was spun, the bird sitting in the tree and the tree in which he sits, the toad waiting for the fly beneath the bush, and for the fly and bush. We are all genetic brothers. The chain of life, tracing back to that primordial day of life's beginning, is unbroken...

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„To us, all life is a series of accidents to be met with improvisations. To them, all life is purposive and should be met with precalculation.“

—  Isaac Asimov, buch Second Foundation

Quelle: The Foundation series (1951–1993), Second Foundation (1953), Chapter 16 "Beginning of War"

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„I was on tour with Soundgarden, and I remember writing down the title. The title immediately brought up the idea of the song, which is that someone is so distracted by a new person or a new thing in their life that they kind of forgot that they had given up on life. Sometimes it just happens without us even noticing.“

—  Chris Cornell American singer-songwriter, musician 1964 - 2017

On the inspiration behind the song "Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart" ** Chris Cornell Flashback Q&A: 'We Have to Be Aware That Life Is So Short', Yahoo!, May 19, 2017 https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/chris-cornell-flashback-qa-aware-life-short-023857577.html,
On songwriting

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„I have spent all my life with dance and being a dancer. It's permitting life to use you in a very intense way. Sometimes it is not pleasant. Sometimes it is fearful. But nevertheless it is inevitable.“

—  Martha Graham American dancer and choreographer 1894 - 1991

As quoted in "About Martha Graham" at the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance http://marthagraham.org/resources/aboutgraham.

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„Sometimes,” he said, “I think life is just one long series of blown opportunities.“

—  Jack McDevitt American novelist, Short story writer 1935

Quelle: Academy Series - Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins, Deepsix (2001), Chapter 22 (p. 327)

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„Sometimes in life, you have to run, sometimes you fall down, and sometimes you have to take a break, but it seems I have always focused on running.“

—  Moon So-ri South Korean actress 1974

As quoted in "Moon So-ri interview: “People usually run in sneakers, whereas I had to run in high heels”" in Eastern Kicks (20 May 2018) https://www.easternkicks.com/features/moon-so-ri-interview-people-usually-run-in-sneakers-whereas-i-had-to-run-in-high-heels

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„Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies within us while we live.“

—  Norman Cousins American journalist 1915 - 1990

Quoted in History of Sikh Struggles (1989) by Gurmit Singh, p. 189.

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„However useful it is for pedagogical purposes, the biological metaphor of style as a sequence of life-stages was historically misleading, for it bestowed upon the flux of events the shapes and behavior of organisms.“

—  George Kubler American art historian 1912 - 1996

Quelle: The Shape of Time, 1982, p. 8 as cited in: Pamela M. Lee, " " Ultramoderne": Or, How George Kubler Stole the Time in Sixties Art. http://xenopraxis.net/readings/lee_ultramoderne.pdf" Grey Room (2001): 55.

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„Everything dies eventually—but that shouldn’t stop us enjoying life while it is there to be enjoyed.“

—  Michael Moorcock English writer, editor, critic 1939

Quelle: The Wrecks of Time aka The Rituals of Infinity (1967), Chapter 6, “Klosterheim on a Mountain” (p. 49)

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„All purposeful manifestations of life, including their very purposiveness, in the final analysis have their end not in life but in the expression of its nature, in the representation of its significance.“

—  Walter Benjamin German literary critic, philosopher and social critic (1892-1940) 1892 - 1940

Alle zweckmäßigen Lebenserscheinungen wie ihre Zweckmäßigkeit überhaupt sind letzten Endes zweckmäßig nicht für das Leben, sondern für den Ausdruck seines Wesens, für die Darstellung seiner Bedeutung.
The Task of the Translator (1920)

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„Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.“

—  Joseph Addison politician, writer and playwright 1672 - 1719

No. 94 (18 June 1711).
The Spectator (1711–1714)

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„I don't think life is absurd. I think we are all here for a huge purpose. I think we shrink from the immensity of the purpose we are here for.“

—  Norman Mailer American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, film maker, actor and political candidate 1923 - 2007

Interview with Divina Infusino in American Way (15 June 1995)

„Old Grimes is dead, that good old man
We never shall see more;
He used to wear a long black coat
All buttoned down before.“

—  Albert Gorton Greene American judge 1802 - 1868

Old Grimes, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Compare: Compare: "John Lee is dead, that good old man,— / We ne'er shall see him more; / He used to wear an old drab coat / All buttoned down before", Inscription in Matherne Churchyard, To the memory of John Lee, who died May 21, 1823; "Old Abram Brown is dead and gone,— / You'll never see him more; / He used to wear a long brown coat / That buttoned down before", James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, Nursery Rhymes of England, p. 60.

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