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Quotations About / On: WORLD

  • 1.
    It is said that the world is in a state of bankruptcy, that the world owes the world more than the world can pay.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Gifts," Essays, Second Series (1844).)
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    ... there is no such thing as a rational world and a separate irrational world, but only one world containing both.
    (Robert Musil (1880-1942), Austrian author. Literati and Literature. Marginal Glosses, first published in Die Neue Rundschau (Sept. 1931), Robert Musil, Precision and Soul. Essays and Addresses, p. 88, ed. and trans. by Burton Pike and David S. Luft, Chicago: University of Chicago Press (1990).)
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  • 3.
    I had the idea that there were two worlds. There was a real world as I called it, a world of wars and boxing clubs and children's homes on back streets, and this real world was a world where orphans burned orphans.... I liked the other world in which almost everyone lived. The imaginary world.
    (Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. Sergius O'Shaugnessy, in The Deer Park, ch. 6, Putnam's (1955).)
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    If we call the world of "things"Mof physical objects—the first world, and the world of subjective experiences (such as thought processes) the second world, we may call the world of statements in themselves the third world.
    (Karl Popper (1902-1994), Austrian born-British philosopher of science. Unended Quest, p. 181 (1976). Originally published in The Library of Living Philosophers: The Philosophy of Karl Popper, "Autobiography of Karl Popper," ed. P. Schilpp (1974). The famous distinction by which the author defends logic, semantics, etc., against psychologism.)
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    The question arises as to whether it is possible not to live in the world of men and still to live in the world.
    (Louise Bernikow (b. 1940), U.S. journalist. The World Split Open, introduction (1974).)
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  • 6.
    When you publish a book, it's the world's book. The world edits it.
    (Philip Roth (b. 1933), U.S. author. New York Times Book Review (September 2, 1979).)
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  • 7.
    A masterpiece of fiction is an original world and as such is not likely to fit the world of the reader.
    (Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. Lectures on Don Quixote, introduction (1983).)
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  • 8.
    Justice?—You get justice in the next world, in this world you have the law.
    (William Gaddis (b. 1922), U.S. novelist. A Frolic of His Own, p. 13, Scribner (1994).)
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  • 9.
    Let us fight for a new world, a decent world!
    (Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British actor, screenwriter, director. The Barber (Charles Chaplin), The Great Dictator, from the Barber's speech after he is mistaken for Tomanian dictator Adenoid Hynkel (1940). This famous closing speech was later used against Chaplin by those (in Hollywood and Washington, D.C.) who felt he was a Communist agitator.)
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  • 10.
    So successful has been the camera's role in beautifying the world that photographs, rather than the world, have become the standard of the beautiful.
    (Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. author. On Photography, ch. 4 (1977).)
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