Quotations About / On:
Knowledge does not come to us by details, but in flashes of light from heaven.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Life Without Principle" (1863), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 476, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
Whether you come from heaven or hell, what does it matter, O Beauty!
(Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French. Flowers of Evil, "Hymn to Beauty," (1860).)
I teach at Harvard that the world and the heavens, and the stars are all real, but not so damned real, you see.
(Josiah Royce (1855-1916), U.S. philosopher. Letter to William James, May 21, 1888, reporting a conversation with a sea captain. The Letters of Josiah Royce, p. 217, ed. John Clendenning (1970).)
Good heavens! what a foolish thing is this pretended perfectibility of the human race which is continually being dinned into our ears!
(Théophile Gautier (1811-1872), French poet, novelist, critic. Trans. by in 1943. Mademoiselle de Maupin, preface (1834).)
Everyone who has ever built anywhere a "new heaven" first found the power thereto in his own hell.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher. The Genealogy of Morals, essay 3, aph. 10 (1887).)
I begin to see that a man's got to be in his own heaven to be happy.
(Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. 1907. Eli Stormfield, in "Extracts from Capt. Stormfield's Visit to Heaven," p. 835, Mark Twain: Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, & Essays, 1891-1910, Library of America (1992).)
The married state, with and without the affection suitable to it, is the completest image of heaven and hell we are capable of receiving in this life.
(Richard Steele (1672-1729), British dramatist, essayist, editor. Spectator (London, Sept. 9, 1712), no. 479, The Spectator, ed. D.F. Bond (1965).)
The man who spends all his time looking up to heaven is not always the best; in fact, he is usually the worst.
(José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 44, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).)
'Twas not by ideas,by heaven! his life was put in jeopardy by words.
(Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1760), vol. 2, ch. 2, eds. Melvyn New and Joan New, University of Florida Press (1978).
Said about uncle Toby's efforts to master the jargon of fortifications.)
There exists a species of transcendental ventriloquism by means of which men can be made to believe that something said on earth comes from Heaven.
(G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 84, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).)