“Time like a river in its ceaseless motion;
On, on, each speeding hour cannot stand still,
But as waves thrust by waves drive waves before them
So time runs first or follows forever new:
The flying moment gone, what once seemed never
Is now, which vanishes before we say it,
Each disappearing moment in a cycle,
Each loss replaced within the living hour.”—Ovid - The Metamorphoses, "The Philosopher"
“Green was the silence, wet was the light,
the month of June trembled like a butterfly.
Oh, in my house beside the abyss, give me
the tormenting structure of that silence,
pavilion of the sea, forgotten in the sand.”—Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets
“One gains something by becoming more experienced; for although one loses the sweet unrest of impatient longing, one gains a preparedness to make the moment really beautiful.”—Søren Kierkegaard, The Seducer’s Diary
“If you examine the myriad things with a confused body and mind you might suppose that your mind and nature are permanent. When you practice intimately and return to where you are, it will be clear that nothing at all has an unchanging self.”—Genjokoan - Dogen, tr. Robert Aitken and Kazuaki Tanahashi
“Common things, a flower, a gleam of moonlight, the song of a bird, not things rare and remote, are means with which the deeper levels of life are touched so that they spring up as desire and thought.”—John Dewey, The Public and Its Problems
“In the metaphysical and religious sphere, articulate reasons are cogent for us only when our inarticulate feelings of reality have already been impressed in favor of the same conclusion.”—William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience
“It is man, alone among all objects in the world, who admits of an ideal of beauty, just as the humanity in his person, as an intelligence, is the only thing in the world that admits of the ideal of perfection.”—Immanuel Kant, Critique of Judgment
“Keep constantly in your mind an impression of the whole of time and the whole of existence - and the thought that each individual thing is, on the scale of existence, a mere fig-seed; on the scale of time, one turn of a drill.”—Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“In a universe divested of illusions and lights, man feels an alien, a stranger. This divorce between man and his life, the actor and his setting, is properly the feeling of absurdity.”—Albert Camus,”An Absurd Reasoning”
“They cannot scare me with their empty spaces
Between stars - on stars where no human race is.
I have it in me so much nearer home
To scare myself with my own desert places.”—Robert Frost, “Desert Places”