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 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

Contributed by: Zaady

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

A Quote by Loren Eiseley on planning

You think that way as you begin to get grayer and you see pretty plainly that the game is not going to end as you planned.

Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)

Source: Obituary of a Bone Hunter

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Loren Eiseley on art, creativity, darkness, loneliness, scientists, and universe

Some degree of withdrawal serves to nurture man's creative powers. The artist and the scientist bring out of the dark void, like the mysterious universe itself, the unique, the strange, the unexpected. Numerous observers have testified upon the loneliness of the process.

Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)

Source: The Mind as Nature

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Loren Eiseley on freedom and mind

The freedom to create is somehow linked with facility of access to those obscure regions below the conscious mind.

Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)

Source: The Mind as Nature

Contributed by: Zaady

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

Contributed by: Zaady

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