„We are alive within mystery, by miracle.“
Life Is A Miracle : An Essay Against Modern Superstition (2000)
Kontext: We are alive within mystery, by miracle. "Life," wrote Erwin Chargaff, "is the continual intervention of the inexplicable." We have more than we can know. We know more than we can say. The constructions of language (which is to say the constructions of thought) are formed within experience, not the other way around. Finally we live beyond words, as also we live beyond computation and beyond theory. There is no reason whatever to assume that the languages of science are less limited than other languages.
— Thich Nhat Hanh Religious leader and peace activist 1926
Zdroj: The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation
„There is no mystery-- that's the beauty of it. We are entirely explicable to each other, and yet we stay. What a miracle that is.“
— Kamila Shamsie Pakistani writer 1973
Zdroj: Broken Verses
„Emergence is inherent in everything that is alive, allowing our yearning for supernatural miracles to be subsumed by our joy in the countless miracles that surround us.“
— Ursula Goodenough, kniha The Sacred Depths of Nature
Zdroj: The Sacred Depths of Nature (1998), p. 30
Kontext: The religious naturalist is provisioned with tales of natural emergence that are, to my mind, far more magical than traditional miracles. Emergence is inherent in everything that is alive, allowing our yearning for supernatural miracles to be subsumed by our joy in the countless miracles that surround us.
— Walter Scott, kniha The Monastery
Zdroj: The Monastery (1820), Ch. 12.
„There is no mystery in humans creation. Will performs this miracle. But at least there is no true creation without a secret.“
— Albert Camus, kniha The Myth of Sisyphus
The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), Absurd Creation
— Jakub Tencl Czech clinical hypnotherapist and writer 1978
Zdroj: The mystery of life : you are the light, and that's indestructible truth, Tencl, Jakub,, 9781512399882, [United Kingdom? https://www.worldcat.org/oclc/914353319,, 914353319]
— Rita Mae Brown Novelist, poet, screenwriter, activist 1944
„Enlightenment is always there. Small enlightenment will bring great enlightenment. If you breathe in and are aware that you are alive—that you can touch the miracle of being alive—then that is a kind of enlightenment“
— Thich Nhat Hanh Religious leader and peace activist 1926
Zdroj: Living Buddha, Living Christ
— Laozi, kniha Tao Te Ching
Zdroj: Tao Te Ching, Ch. 1, Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English (1972)
Kontext: The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao;
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
The nameless is the beginning of heaven and earth.
The named is the mother of ten thousand things.
Ever desireless, one can see the mystery.
Ever desiring, one can see the manifestations.
These two spring from the same source but differ in name;
this appears as darkness.
Darkness within darkness.
The gate to all mystery.
„one must not allow the clock and the calender to blind him to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle --and mystery“
— Robin S. Sharma Canadian self help writer 1965
Zdroj: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams Reaching Your Destiny
„What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen.“
— Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 American poet, essayist, naturalist, and abolitionist 1817 - 1862
Attributed to Thoreau, in The Life You Were Born to Live : A Guide to Finding Your Life Purpose (1995) by Dan Millman, p. xi, and to Ralph Waldo Emerson in Promotion of Pharmaceuticals : Issues, Trends, Options (1993) by Dev S. Pathak, Alan Escovitz, and Suzan Kucukarslan, p. 74, but no occurrence of it prior to the 1990s has been located.
„We dream of travels throughout the universe: is not the universe within us? We do not know the depths of our spirit. The mysterious path leads within. In us, or nowhere, lies eternity with its worlds, the past and the future.“
— Novalis, kniha Blüthenstaub
Fragment No. 16
We dream of a journey through the universe. But is the universe then not in us? We do not know the depths of our spirit. Inward goes the secret path. Eternity with its worlds, the past and the future, is in us or nowhere.
As translated in "Bildung in Early German Romanticism" by Frederick C. Beiser, in Philosophers on Education : Historical Perspectives (1998) by Amélie Rorty, p. 294
We dream of journeys through the cosmos — Is the cosmos not then in us? We do not know the depths of our own spirit. — The mysterious path leads within. In us, or nowhere, is eternity with its worlds — the past and the future.
Kontext: Imagination places the future world for us either above or below or in reincarnation. We dream of travels throughout the universe: is not the universe within us? We do not know the depths of our spirit. The mysterious path leads within. In us, or nowhere, lies eternity with its worlds, the past and the future.
„Oh, to be alive in such an age, when miracles are everywhere, and every inch of common air throbs a tremendous prophecy, of greater marvels yet to be.“
— Walt Whitman American poet, essayist and journalist 1819 - 1892
„more each particular person is(my love)
alive than every world can understand
and now you are and i am now and we're
a mystery that will never happen again, a miracle which has never happened before—
and shining this our now must come to then“
— E.E. Cummings American poet 1894 - 1962
„Man is manifestly not the measure of all things. This universe is shot through with mystery. The very fact of its being, and of our own, is a mystery absolute, and the only miracle worthy of the name.“
— Sam Harris American author, philosopher and neuroscientist 1967
Zdroj: The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason
„Better to not know which moment may be your last. Every morsel of your entire being alive to the infinite mystery of it all.“
— Johnny Depp American actor, film producer, and musician 1963
„There is a mystery about the Jews … and within this mystery lies the reason for the folk pride of the house of Abraham. This pride exists despite the disabilities that come from many centuries of ostracism.“
— Herman Wouk Pulitzer Prize-winning American author whose novels include The Caine Mutiny, The Winds of War and War and Remembrance 1915 - 2019
This is My God: The Jewish Way of Life (1959)
„There are depths in man that go to the lowest hell, and heights that reach the highest heaven, for are not both heaven and hell made out of him, everlasting miracle and mystery that he is.“
— Thomas Carlyle Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher 1795 - 1881
As quoted in A Dictionary of Thoughts : Being a Cyclopedia of Laconic Quotations from the Best Authors, Both Ancient and Modern (1891) edited by Tryon Edwards. p. 327.
1890s and attributed from posthumous publications