„Nature's great masterpiece, an elephant;
the only harmless great thing.“

—  John Donne

Letzte Aktualisierung 26. Februar 2022. Geschichte
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John Donne4
englischer Schriftsteller 1572 - 1631

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„The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to live with purpose.“

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

Tulsidas Foto

„The Ramacharitamanas undoubtedly is the great poem worthy to rank among the great classical masterpieces of world literature.“

—  Tulsidas Hindu poet-saint 1532 - 1623

Quelle: On Tulsidas’s epic Ramacharritamanas, P.E.Keay in "A Garden of Deeds: Ramacharitmanas, a Message of Human Ethics", p. 35

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti Foto

„Don't bow down to critics who have not themselves written great masterpieces.“

—  Lawrence Ferlinghetti American artist, writer and activist 1919

Quelle: City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology

Alexander von Humboldt Foto

„Our imagination is struck only by what is great; but the lover of natural philosophy should reflect equally on little things.“

—  Alexander von Humboldt Prussian geographer, naturalist and explorer 1769 - 1859

Equinoctial Regions of America (1814-1829)

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„He will be a man with strength of a myriad elephants, a great and royal rsi, of great fortune, great power, and great intelligence. And 100 powerful sons will be his, but because of his mother’s lack of virtue, he shall be born blind.“

—  Vyasa central and revered figure in most Hindu traditions

Vyasa’s curse to the first widowed wife of his half brother on the son to be born to them. His mother [Satyavati] had asked him to produce heirs to the throne with the two widows of his half-brother. The first princess closed her eyes as Vyasa was in fearful ascetic condition when he slept with her. In due time Dhritarshtra was born blind. Quoted in p. 58.
Sources, Seer of the Fifth Veda: Kr̥ṣṇa Dvaipāyana Vyāsa in the Mahābhārata

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„To a great experience one thing is essential — an experiencing nature.“

—  Walter Bagehot British journalist, businessman, and essayist 1826 - 1877

Shakespeare
Literary Studies (1879)

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„We can do no great things; only small things with great love.(mother Teresa)“

—  Robert Fulghum, buch All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Quelle: All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

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„Everything great in the world comes from neurotics. They alone have founded our religions and composed our masterpieces.“

—  Marcel Proust, buch In Search of Lost Time

Tout ce que nous connaissons de grand nous vient des nerveux. Ce sont eux et non pas d'autres qui ont fondé les religions et composé les chefs-d'œuvre.
http://books.google.com/books?id=qrZEAAAAYAAJ&q=%22Tout+ce+que+nous+connaissons+de+grand+nous+vient+des+nerveux.+Ce+sont+eux+et+non+pas+d'autres+qui+ont+fond%C3%A9+les+religions%22+%22et+compos%C3%A9+les+chefs-d'%C5%93uvre%22&pg=PA272#v=onepage
Volume I
In Search of Lost Time, Remembrance of Things Past (1913-1927), Vol III: The Guermantes Way (1920)

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„They may fight against greatness in us who are the children of men, but can they conquer? Even if they should destroy us every one, what then? Would it save them? No! For greatness is abroad, not only in us, not only in the Food, but in the purpose of all things! It is in the nature of all things, it is part of space and time.“

—  H. G. Wells, buch The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth

The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth (1904)
Kontext: They may fight against greatness in us who are the children of men, but can they conquer? Even if they should destroy us every one, what then? Would it save them? No! For greatness is abroad, not only in us, not only in the Food, but in the purpose of all things! It is in the nature of all things, it is part of space and time. To grow and still to grow, from first to last that is Being, that is the law of life. What other law can there be?

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„Nature's chief masterpiece is writing well.“

—  George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham English statesman and poet 1628 - 1687

John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby "An Essay on Poetry", line 2; cited from The Poetical Works of the Most Noble John Sheffield, Duke of Buckingham (Edinburg [sic]: Apollo Press, 1780) p. 281.
Misattributed in Temple Bar (February 1863) p. 377, and by Giga Quotes http://www.giga-usa.com/quotes/authors/george_villiers_a001.htm.
Misattributed

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„Human nature with all its infirmities and depravation is still capable of great things.“

—  John Adams 2nd President of the United States 1735 - 1826

Letter to Abigail Adams (29 October 1775), published Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife, Vol. 1 (1841), ed. Charles Francis Adams, p. 72
1770s
Kontext: Human nature with all its infirmities and depravation is still capable of great things. It is capable of attaining to degrees of wisdom and goodness, which we have reason to believe, appear as respectable in the estimation of superior intelligences. Education makes a greater difference between man and man, than nature has made between man and brute. The virtues and powers to which men may be trained, by early education and constant discipline, are truly sublime and astonishing. Newton and Locke are examples of the deep sagacity which may be acquired by long habits of thinking and study.

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„A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882

1840s, Essays: First Series (1841), Friendship

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„The only thing standing between me and greatness is me.“

—  Woody Allen American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, playwright, and musician 1935

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