Ideas are the factors that lift civilization. They create revolutions. There is more dynamite in an idea than in many bombs.John H. Vincent
- Arranged alphabetically by author
- A teacher affects eternity he can never tell, where his influence stops
- Henry Brooks Adams, in The Education of Henry Adams (1907)
- Eternity! thou pleasing dreadful thought! Through what variety of untried being, Through what new scenes and changes must we pass!
- Joseph Addison in Cato (Act V, sc. 1)
- 'Tis the divinity that stirs within us;
'Tis Heaven itself that points out an hereafter,
And intimates eternity to man.
- Eternity is really long, especially near the end.
- A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you.
- To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.
- The created world is but a small parenthesis in eternity.
- Thomas Browne Works (vol. III, p. 143)
- Eternity forbids thee to forget.
- Lord Byron, in Lara (Canto I, st. 23)
- Eternity looks grander and kinder if Time grow meaner and more hostile.
- What a sublime doctrine it is, that goodness cherished now is eternal life already entered on!
- Consider and act with reference to the true ends of existence. This world is but the vestibule of an immortal life. Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.
- Nothing is there to come, and nothing past, But an eternal Now does always last.
- Abraham Cowley in Davideis (Bk. I)
- I am doomed to an eternity of compulsive work. No set goal achieved satisfies. Success only breeds a new goal. The golden apple devoured has seeds. It is endless.
- If we consider eternity, into that time never entered; eternity is not an everlasting flux of time, but time is as a short parenthesis in a long period; and eternity had been the same as it is, though time had never been.
- John Donne, in Devotions (XIV)
- With our short sight we affect to take a comprehensive view of eternity. Our horizon is the universe.
- Every situation, every moment — is of infinite worth; for it is the representative of a whole eternity.
- Summarum summa est aeternum.
- The sum total of all sums total is eternal.
- Lucretius in De Rerum Natura (III, 817)
- Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.
- Norman Fitzroy Maclean in A River Runs Through It
- Yet some there be that by due steps aspire
To lay thir just hands on that golden key
That opes the palace of Eternity.
- John Milton in Comus (l. 13)
- From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.
- Edvard Munch, quoted in Sustainable Landscape Construction : A Guide to Green Building Outdoors (2007) by William Thompson and Kim Sorvig, p. 30
- The time will come when every change shall cease,
This quick revolving wheel shall rest in peace:
No summer then shall glow, not winter freeze;
Nothing shall be to come, and nothing past,
But an eternal now shall ever last.
- Petrarch in Triumph of Eternity (l. 117)
- Eternity gives nothing back of what one leaves out of the minutes.
- Was man von der Minute ausgeschlagen, gibt keine Ewigkeit zurück.
- Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller in Resignation (st. 18)
- Life, like a dome of many-coloured glass,
Stains the white radiance of eternity.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley in Adonais (LII)
- The Pilgrim of Eternity, whose fame
Over his living head like Heaven is bent,
An early but enduring monument,
Came, veiling all the lightnings of his song In sorrow.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley in Adonais (XXX)
- Love is the emblem of eternity; it confounds all notion of time; effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end.
- Everything in life is temporal — and that’s eternal!
- In time there is no present, In eternity no future, In eternity no past.
- Alfred Tennyson in The "How" and the "Why"