„We don't admit it to ourselves, not until the very moment of death, but in that moment, we see all life before us and we understand how we chose, every day of our lives, the manner of our death.“
Zdroj: The Tales of Alvin Maker, Red Prophet (1988), Chapter 17.
— Muriel Rukeyser poet and political activist 1913 - 1980
Zdroj: The Life of Poetry (1949), Chapter One : The Fear of Poetry
Kontext: Poetry is, above all, an approach to the truth of feeling, and what is the use of truth!
How do we use feeling?
How do we use truth! However confused the scene of our life appears, however torn we may be who now do face that scene, it can be faced, and we can go on to be whole.
If we use the resources we now have, we and the world itself may move in one fullness. Moment to moment, we can grow, if we can bring ourselves to meet the moment with our lives.
„I call the beginning of death the whole course of life, beginning with our birth, from which point we commence to die, and each moment of every day brings us nearer to our end.“
— Stefano Guazzo Italian writer 1530 - 1593
Chiamo principio della morte tutto il corso della vita cominciando al nostro nascimento, dal quale cominciamo a morire, e per momenti di tempo andiamo ogni giorno al nostro fine.
Della Morte, p. 529.
Translation reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of quotations French and Italian (1904), p. 275.
„We experience moments in which we accept ourselves, because we feel that we have been accepted by that which is greater than we. If only more such moments were given us! For it is such moments that make us love our life, that make us accept ourselves, not in our goodness and self-complacency, but in our certainty of the eternal meaning of our life.“
— Leslie Weatherhead English theologian 1893 - 1976
Zdroj: The Christian Agnostic (1965), p.77-78, (Paul Tillich: The Shaking of the Foundations. 1963. Pelican Books. p. 164
„Most of us spend our lives avoiding the thought of death. Instead, the inevitability of death should be continually on our minds. Understanding the shortness of life fills us with a sense of purpose and urgency to realize our goals. Training ourselves to confront and accept this reality makes it easier to manage the inevitable setbacks, separations, and crises in life. It gives us a sense of proportion, of what really matters in this brief existence of ours. Most people continually look for ways to separate themselves from others and feel superior. Instead, we must see the mortality in everyone, how it equalizes and connects us all. By becoming deeply aware of our mortality, we intensify our experience of every aspect of life.“
— Robert Greene American author 1959
Chap. 18 : Meditate on Our Common Mortality
The Laws of Human Nature (2018)
„We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream: it may be so the moment after death.“
— Nathaniel Hawthorne American novelist and short story writer (1804 – 1879) 1804 - 1864
Notebooks, The American Notebooks (1835 - 1853)
„It is so hard for us little human beings to accept this deal that we get. It's really crazy, isn't it? We get to live, then we have to die. What we put into every moment is all we have… What spirit human beings have! It is a pretty cheesy deal—all the pleasures of life, and then death.“
— Gilda Radner American comedian 1946 - 1989
It's Always Something (1989), pg. 87 (2009 edition)
— Byron Katie American spiritual writer 1942
Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life (2002)
„I think right now is the moment. This is the beginning. We don’t know what is it the moment of, and maybe something much crazier will happen. But really, we see the sunshine coming in. It was clouded for maybe a hundred years. Our whole condition was very sad, but we still feel warmth, and the life in our bodies can still tell that there is excitement in there, even though death is waiting. We had better not enjoy the moment, but create the moment.“
— Ai Weiwei Chinese concept artist 1957
Tinari, Philip, and Angie Baecker, eds. Hans Ulrich Obrist: The China Interviews. Beijing: Office for Discourse Engineering, 2009.
— Jill Bolte Taylor American neuroscientist 1959
Ted Talks http://www.byronkatie.com/newsletter_april_08.html
„When we do not expect anything we can be ourselves. That is our way, to live fully in each moment of time.“
— Shunryu Suzuki Japanese Buddhist missionary 1904 - 1971
Shikantaza: Living Fully In Each Moment (page 4)
Not Always So, practicing the true spirit of Zen (2002)
„Life is a mystery as deep as ever death can be;
Yet oh, how dear it is to us, this life we live and see!“
— Mary Mapes Dodge Children's writer, novelist, poet, editor 1831 - 1905
The Two Mysteries (1904).
„Death is not the opposite of life but an innate part of it. By living our lives, we nurture death.“
— Haruki Murakami, kniha Norwegian Wood
Varianta: Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it.
Zdroj: Norwegian Wood
„At the moment when this solidarity exercises its force, our personality vanishes, as our definition permits us to say, for we are no longer ourselves, but the collective life.“
— Émile Durkheim French sociologist (1858-1917) 1858 - 1917
Zdroj: The Division of Labor in Society (1893), p. 130 (in 1933 edition)
„There comes a precious moment in all of our lives when we are tapped on the shoulder and offered the opportunity to do something very special that is unique to us and our abilities, what a tragedy it would be if we are not ready or willing.“
— Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965
— Madeleine L'Engle American writer 1918 - 2007
„We must live before we can attain to either intelligence or control at all. We must sleep if we are not to find ourselves, at death, helplessly strange to the new conditions. And we must die before we can hope to advance to a broader understanding.“
— John William Dunne, kniha An Experiment with Time
Zdroj: An Experiment with Time (1927), p. 111
„Myths die hard. We humans define ourselves by the ideological teams we join. We are liberals or conservatives, Christians or atheists, Yankee fans or Red Sox fans. We filter facts to conform to our group’s ideology and then defend that ideology to the death. Only a truly momentous event can make us change teams…“
— Carlos Lacámara American actor 1958
On people choosing sides and scapegoating others (as quoted in the book Nuestras Voces: Latino Plays, Volume One https://books.google.com/books?id=FLj1AwAAQBAJ&pg=PA258&lpg=PA258&dq)