Should a man live underground, and there converse with the works of art and mechanism, and should afterwards be brought up into the open day, and see the several glories of the heaven and earth, he would immediately pronounce them the work of such a Being as we define God to be.
...in this way the structure of the universe- I mean, of the heavens and the earth and the whole world- was arranged by one harmony through the blending of the most opposite principles.
Aristotle suggests that the rotating Earth was a generally accepted tenet of Pythagorism: "While most of those who hold that the whole heaven is finite say that the earth lies at the center, the philosophers of Italy, the so-called Pythagoreans, assert the contrary. They say that in the middle there
The shape of the heaven is of necessity spherical; for that is the shape most appropriate to its substance and also by nature primary.
The only place where you could see life and death, i. e., violent death now that the wars were over, was in the bull ring and I wanted very much to go to Spain where I could study it. I was trying to learn to write, commencing with the simplest things, and one of the simplest things of all and the m
Though there is one part of writing that is solid and you do it no harm by talking about it, the other is fragile, and if you talk about it, the structure cracks and you have nothing.
Out of all the things you could not have there were some things that you could have and one of those was to know when you were happy and to enjoy all of it while it was there and it was good.
Never mistake motion for action.
Why do old men wake so early? Is it to have one longer day?
I never knew of a Morning in Africa when I woke up and was not happy.
I don't like to leave anything,' the man said. 'I don't like to leave things behind.
You ought to be ironical the minute you get out of bed. You ought to wake up with your mouth full of pity.
For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.
Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.
When I saw my wife again standing by the tracks as the train came in by the piled logs at the station, I wished I had died before I had ever loved anyone but her.
But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
They say the seeds of what we will do are in all of us, but it always seemed to me that in those who make jokes in life the seeds are covered with better soil and with a higher grade of manure.
Drinking wine was not a snobbism nor a sign of sophistication nor a cult; it was as natural as eating and to me as necessary...
where a man feels at home, outside of where heâ€™s born, is where heâ€™s meant to go.
Only that which makes you feel bad after doing is immoral.
At night, never go to bed without knowing what you'll write tomorrow.
To be able to say: I loved this person, we had a hell of a nice time together, it's over but in a way it will never be over and I do know that I for sure loved this person, to be able to say that and mean it, that's rare. That's rare and valuable.
War is not won by victory.
No animal has more liberty than the cat, but it buries the mess it makes. The cat is the best anarchist.