Alive

A Quote by Jónas Hallgrímsson on lafur the white poet, prose edda, earth, living, ancient, powerful, animated, and alive

On the other hand Ólafur the White Poet --- or whoever he was, the Icelander who wrote the Preface to the Prose Edda --- describes the beliefs of our ancestors in such eloquent and powerful terms that I cannot refrain from quoting them exactly as they stand in his book.

"They pondered and wondered what it meant," he says, "that the earth and the animals and birds had certain characteristics in common, though they were very unlike in form. To take one such characteristic: if you dig into the earth at the top of high hills, you come upon water without needing to delve down any farther than you do in low valleys. Similarly with animals and birds: the blood flows at no deeper level in their heads than in their feet.

"It is another characteristic of the earth that every year she produces plants and flowers which decay and die that same year. Similarly, animals and birds grow hair and feathers every year, then shed them.

"It is a third characteristic of the earth that when she is cut open or dug into, grass will grow on the soil that is turned upward. From this --- and from their interpretation of rocks and stones as being like the teeth and bones of animals --- they drew the conclusion that the earth was animated, was somehow alive, and they realized that she was incredibly ancient in terms of years and quintessentially powerful: she gave birth to all living things and reclaimed everything that died. Therefore they gave her a name and traced their origin to her."

 

Although we know today that the earth is not a living being in the sense that plants or animals are, and that her various parts are not interdependent (as are the muscular and circulatory systems of animals, or the roots and leaves of grasses and flowers), nevertheless the speculations of this ancient sage are so pleasing and vivid that no one should really make fun of them. In his day men had no inkling of the timeless forces that operate to regulate the motion of the heavenly bodies, and though they were actively engaged in mining metals from the depths of the earth, it had not occurred to anyone to investigate the various geological strata lying one on top of the other, or to distinguish between streams of water (whose movement obeys the law of gravity) and the blood of animals and sap of trees (whose flow is regulated by other laws).

Jónas Hallgrímsson

Source: On the Nature and Origin of the Earth. http://www.library.wisc.edu/etext/Jonas/Edli/Edli.html

Contributed by: Meenakshi

A Quote by Hafiz on sounds, glad, and alive

Stay close to any sounds that make you glad you are alive.

Hafiz

Contributed by: quietgirl

A Quote by arundhati roy on alive, live, dream, dreaming, death, dying, and dead

The only dream worth having, I told her, is to dream that you will live while you're alive and die only when you're dead.

arundhati roy

Contributed by: ShadowFlame

A Quote by Paulo Coelho on miracle, alive, attention, and awakening

You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It's just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.

Paulo Coelho

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by David Steindl-Rast on spirituality, spiritual, and alive

Wherever we may come alive, that is the area in which we are spiritual.

David Steindl-Rast

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Isaac Bashevis Singer on soul, godhead, death, alive, and immortality

There is no death. How can there be death if everything is part of the Godhead? The soul never dies and the body is never really alive.

Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904 - 1991)

Source: Stories from Behind the Stove

Contributed by: bajarbattu

A Quote by Duane Elgin on living, universe, and alive

Is the universe dead or alive at it's foundation?

This is a powerful question. Be prepared for strong points of view; people often have an immediate response. Some people view the universe as non-living at the foundations, see space as empty, matter as inert, and believe that we as living creatures have evolved from empty space and inert matter. “It is nothing more than fantasy and superstition to think the whole universe is alive.” Other people respond instantly, saying, “Of course it's alive, how could you think otherwise? It is incomprehensible that the experiences of awe evoked by the universe could arise unless the universe around us is alive.”

Duane Elgin

Source: The Living Universe: Where Are We? Who Are We? Where Are We Going? (BK Life (Paperback)), Pages: 195

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Albert Camus on silence, world, sound, and alive

The world is never quiet. Even its silence eternally resounds with the same notes, in vibrations which escape our ears.

Albert Camus (1913 - 1960)

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by John Updike on love, alive, aliveness, live, and we are

We are most alive when we’re in love.

John Updike (1932 -)

Contributed by: Joy Bringer

A Quote by unknown on test, mission, earth, finished, and alive

"Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't."

unknown

Contributed by: Gene III

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