Loren Eiseley

1907 - 1977

A Quote by Loren Eiseley on poet, moth, alien universe, unknown, play, invisibility, and passing through

While I was sitting one night with a poet friend watching a great opera performed in a tent under arc lights, the poet took my arm and pointed silently. Far up, blundering out of the night, a huge Cecropia moth swept past from light to light over the posturings of the actors. “He doesn’t know,” my friend whispered excitedly. “He’s passing through an alien universe brightly lit but invisible to him. He’s in another play; he doesn’t see us. He doesn’t know. Maybe it’s happening right now to us.

Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)

Source: http://www.theamericanscholar.org/sp07/newtheory-lanza.html

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A Quote by Loren Eiseley on magic, water, planet, and inspiring

"If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water."  The Immense Journey, 1957   Loren Eiseley

Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)

Source: The Immense Journey, 1957

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A Quote by Loren Eiseley on belief, choice, and innocence

Choices, more choices than we like afterward to believe, are made far backward in the innocence of childhood.

Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)

Source: The Places Below

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A Quote by Loren Eiseley on age, books, companions, dreams, observation, and youth

Man no longer dreams over a book in which a soft voice, a constant companion, observes, exhorts, or sighs with him through the pangs of youth and age. Today he is more likely to sit before a screen and dream the mass dream which comes from outside.

Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)

Source: Strangeness in the Proportion

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A Quote by Loren Eiseley on animals

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Like the herd animals we are, we sniff warily at the strange one among us.

Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)

Source: The Mind as Nature

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A Quote by Loren Eiseley on reflection

One does not meet oneself until one catches the reflection from an eye other than human.

Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)

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A Quote by Loren Eiseley on contentment and life

Content is a word unknown to life; it is also a word unknown to man.

Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)

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A Quote by Loren Eiseley on fear, men, mind, spirit, and struggle

Mind is locked in matter like the spirit Ariel in a cloven pine. Like Ariel, men struggle to escape the drag of the matter they inhabit, yet it is the spirit that they fear.

Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)

Source: Strangeness in the Proportion

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A Quote by Loren Eiseley on future, life, and present

Modern man lives increasingly in the future and neglects the present.

Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)

Source: The Chresmologue

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A Quote by Loren Eiseley on darkness, evil, future, and good

The future is neither ahead nor behind, on one side or another. Nor is it dark or light. It is contained within ourselves; its evil and good are perpetually within us.

Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)

Source: The Chresmologue

Contributed by: Zaady

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