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Eternity

  • Eternity: what a waste of time.

    • Natalie Clifford Barney,
    • "Scatterings" (1910), in Anna Livia, ed., A Perilous Advantage: The Best of Natalie Clifford Barney ()
  • A red-hot belief in eternal glory is probably the best antidote to human panic that there is.

  • Eternity is a circle, a serpent that swallows its own tail.

  • Stars and blossoming fruit trees: Utter permanence and extreme fragility give an equal sense of eternity.

  • Time's violence rends the soul; by the rent eternity enters.

  • In this world we live in a mixture of time and eternity. Hell would be pure time.

  • Eternity is not something that begins after you are dead. It is going on all the time. We are in it now.

  • ... eternity is a depth which no geometry can measure, no arithmetic calculate, no imagination conceive, no rhetoric describe.

  • This World is not Conclusion. / A Species stands beyond — / Invisible, as Music — / But positive, as Sound.

    • Emily Dickinson,
    • c. 1862, in Thomas H. Johnson, ed., The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson ()
  • Eternity isn't a quantity, it's a quality. It is this splitting up of events into an irregular, inconvenient, positively demented time sequence that bitches things up. Why can't relative things happen together, simultaneously or in close sequence? Instead we live like jugglers, keeping a dozen balls in the air.

    • Mary Butts,
    • 1927, in Nathalie Blondel, ed., The Journals of Mary Butts ()
  • [Life] is made up of infinite eternities — innumerable moments that will last forever.

    • Shira Milgrom,
    • 1988, in Ellen M. Umansky and Dianne Ashton, eds., Four Centuries of Jewish Women's Spirituality ()
  • If infinity is as they describe it, all things are not just possible but in the end certain ...

  • Life! we've been long together, / Through pleasant and through cloudy weather; / 'Tis hard to part when friends are dear, / Perhaps 'twill cost a sigh, a tear; / Then steal away, give little warning; / Choose thine own time; / Say not 'Good-night'; but in some brighter clime/ Bid me 'Good-morning.'

  • Eternal life is personal existence in continuity with the present life, but transfigured.

  • No one understands eternity. One simply recognizes its existence.