paradise

A Quote by Octavio Paz on presence, consciousness, metamorphosis, paradise, and action

It may seem paradoxical to say that we have been expelled from the present, but it is a feeling we have all had at some moment. Some of us experienced it first as a condemnation, later transformed into consciousness and action. The search for the present is neither the pursuit of an earthly paradise nor that of a timeless eternity: it is the search for a real reality.
We pursue her in her incessant metamorphoses yet we never manage to trap her. She always escapes: each encounter ends in flight. We embrace her and she disappears immediately: it was just a little air. It is the instant, that bird that is everywhere and nowhere. We want to trap it alive but it flaps its wings and vanishes in the form of a handful of syllables. We are left empty-handed. Then the doors of perception open slightly and the other time appears, the real one we were searching for without knowing it: the present, the presence.

Octavio Paz

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Walter Benjamin on history, progress, destruction, angel of history, paradise, storm, dead, past, catastrophe, irreversible, and angelus novus

The face of the angel of history is turned toward the past.  Where we perceived a chain of events, he sees a single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet.  The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed.  But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them.  This storm irresistably propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward.  The storm is what we call progress.

Walter Benjamin (1892 - 1940)

Source: The History Of Human Rights by Micheline Ishay, the quote is Walter Benjamin's description of Paul Klee's painting "Angelus Novus" (Angel of History)

Contributed by: pura-vida

A Quote by Odysseas Elytis on paradise, afterlife, trees, justice, eros, and love

If a seperate personal Paradise exists for each of us mine must irreparably be planted with trees of words which the wind silvers like poplars, by people who see their confiscated justice given back, and by birds that even in the midst of the truth of death insist on singing in Greek and saying, eros, eros, eros.

Odysseas Elytis

Source: Eros, Eros, Eros: Selected & Last Poems, Pages: cover

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Willy Wonka on life, pure imagination, change the world, and paradise

There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination. Living there, you'll be free if you truly wish to be. If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it. Anything you want to, do it. Want to change the world? There's nothing to it.

Willy Wonka

Source: Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory

Contributed by: canuseeme

A Quote by Kamala Das on religion, animal, choose, why, christian, hindu, paradise, and god

The animals of this world did not go into a Christian heaven, a Moslem heaven or a Hindu paradise. They did not claim any God as their own.

Kamala Das

Source: A gift of happiness by Kamala Das http://www.rediff.com/style/dec/02das.htm

Contributed by: Meenakshi

A Quote by Fyodor Dostoevsky on paradise, purity, nature, gifts, and life

Look around you at the gifts of God, the clear sky, the pure air, the tender grass, the birds; nature is beautiful and sinless, and we, only we, are godless and foolish, and we don't understand that life is a paradise, for we have only to understand that and it will at once be fulfilled in all its beauty, we shall embrace each other and weep.

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821 - 1881)

Contributed by: andre

A Quote by Jesus on life, paradise, heaven, and awareness

The kingdom of heaven is spread out across the earth, only people don't see it.

Jesus

Source: The Gospel of Thomas

Contributed by: Jonathan

A Quote by Mr. on paradise, hell, lost, and change

Lost between two worlds. One lies dying. The other crying to be born. Lost between two worlds. Paradise's promise and hell fire's scorn.

Mr. Prophet

Source: Song: "Lost Between Two Worlds" By Mr. Prophet

Contributed by: Mr.

A Quote by Mevlana Jelalu'ddin Rumi on desires, hell, and paradise

Paradise is surrounded by what we dislike; the fires of hell are surrounded by what we desire.

Mevlana Rumi (1207 - 1273)

Source: Rumi Daylight: A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Lao Tzu on center, joy, life, mind, and paradise

Hold on to the center and make up your mind to rejoice in this paradise called life.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: Awaken 2010 Calendar

Contributed by: Zaady

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