„Anyone can be heroic from time to time, but a gentleman is something which you have to be all the time. Which isn't easy.“
„Eternity isn't some later time. Eternity isn't a long time. Eternity has nothing to do with time. Eternity is that dimension of here and now which thinking and time cuts out. This is it. And if you don't get it here, you won't get it anywhere. And the experience of eternity right here and now is the function of life.“
— Joseph Campbell American mythologist, writer and lecturer 1904 - 1987
Context: Campbell: Eternity isn't some later time. Eternity isn't a long time. Eternity has nothing to do with time. Eternity is that dimension of here and now which thinking and time cuts out. This is it. And if you don't get it here, you won't get it anywhere. And the experience of eternity right here and now is the function of life. There's a wonderful formula that the Buddhists have for the Bodhisattva, the one whose being (sattva) is illumination (bodhi), who realizes his identity with eternity and at the same time his participation in time. And the attitude is not to withdraw from the world when you realize how horrible it is, but to realize that this horror is simply the foreground of a wonder and to come back and participate in it. "All life is sorrowful" is the first Buddhist saying, and it is. It wouldn't be life if there were not temporality involved which is sorrow. Loss, loss, loss. Moyers: That's a pessimistic note. Campbell: Well, you have to say yes to it, you have to say it's great this way. It's the way God intended it. Episode 2, Chapter 13-14
„Anyone can become angry —that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way —this is not easy. ARISTOTLE, The Nicomachean Ethics“
— Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ
— Andrew Sean Greer, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells
„Anyone can keep going in an easy situation, but do you have a philosophy which can enable you to meet the worst hardship?“
— Sun Myung Moon Korean religious leader 1920 - 2012
The Way of God's Will Chapter 1-6. Suffering, Offering, and Obedience http://www.unification.org/ucbooks/WofGW/wogw1-06.htm Translated 1980.
„Interests evolve into hobbies or volunteer work, which grow into passions. It takes time, more time than anyone imagines.“
— Po Bronson, What Should I Do with My Life?: The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question
„No man can have sex with anyone but me and since I don't have that kind of time on my hands, you might as well all be gay!“
— Madonna American singer, songwriter, and actress 1958
(Joked during Johnjay and Rich interview, 11 April '08).