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ETERNITY
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[ Also see Death Future Futurity Graves Heaven Hell Immortality Mortality Paradise Perpetuity Resurrection Soul Time Tomorrow ]

That golden key
  That opes the palace of eternity.
      - John Milton, Comus (l. 13)

(Eternity) a moment standing still for ever.
      - James Montgomery

This narrow isthmus 'twixt two boundless seas.
      - Thomas Moore

This speck of life in time's great wilderness
  This narrow isthmus 'twixt two boundless seas,
    The past, the future, two eternities!
      - Thomas Moore,
        Lalla Rookh--The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan
         (st. 42)

Eternity is the divine treasure-house and hope is the window, by means of which mortals are permitted to see, as through a glass darkly, the things which God is preparing.
      - William Mountford (1)

Yes, I live in God, and shall eternally. It is His hand upholds me now; and death will be but an uplifting of me into His bosom.
      - William Mountford (1)

Yes, what I am to be everlastingly, I am growing to be now--now in this present time so little thought of, this time which the sun rises and sets in, and the clock strikes in, and I wake and sleep in.
      - William Mountford (1)

From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.
      - Edvard Munch

Eternity is a negative idea clothed with a positive name. It supposes in that to which it is applied a present existence, and is the negation of a beginning or of an end of that existence.
      - William Paley, Archdeacon of Saragossa

Our imagination so magnifies this present existence, by the power of continual reflection on it, and so attenuates eternity, by not thinking of it at all, that we reduce an eternity to nothingness, and expand a mere nothing to an eternity; and this habit is so inveterately rooted in us that all the force of reason cannot induce us to lay it aside.
      - Blaise Pascal

The time will come when every change shall cease,
  This quick revolving wheel shall rest in peace:
    No summer then shall glow, not winter freeze;
      Nothing shall be to come, and nothing past,
        But an eternal now shall ever last.
      - Francesco Petrarch, Triumph of Eternity
         (l. 117)

Those spacious regions where our fancies roam,
  Pain'd by the past, expecting ills to come,
    In some dread moment. by the fates assign'd,
      Shall pass away, nor leave a rack behind;
        And Time's revolving wheels shall lose at last
          The speed that spins the future and the past:
            And, sovereign of an undisputed throne,
              Awful eternity shall reign alone.
      - Francesco Petrarch, Triumph pf Eternity
         (l. 102)

The youth of the soul is everlasting, and eternity is youth.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Every natural longing has its natural satisfaction. If we thirst, God has created liquid to gratify thirst. If we are susceptible of attachment, there are beings to gratify that love. If we thirst for life and love eternal, it is likely there are an eternal life and an eternal love to satisfy that craving.
      - Frederick William Robertson

Sow the seeds of life--humbleness, pure-heartedness, love; and in the long eternity which lies before the soul, every minutest grain will come up again with an increase of thirty, sixty, or a hundredfold.
      - Frederick William Robertson

You reap what you sow--not something else, but that. An act of love makes the soil more loving. A deed of humbleness deepens humbleness. The thing reaped is the very thing sown, multiplied a hundred fold. You have sown a seed of life, you reap life everlasting.
      - Frederick William Robertson

"Time restores all things." Wrong! Time restores many things, but eternity restores all.
      - Joseph Roux

Eternity gives nothing back of what one leaves out of the minutes.
  [Ger., Was man von der Minute ausgeslagen
    Gibt keine Ewigkeit zuruck.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Resignation (st. 18)

All that live must die, passing through nature to eternity.
      - William Shakespeare

O, that a man might know
  The end of this day's business, ere it come,
    But it sufficeth that the day will end;
      And then the end is known.
      - William Shakespeare

Life, like a dome of many-coloured glass,
  Stains the white radiance of eternity.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Adonais (LII)

The Pilgrim of Eternity, whose fame
  Over his living head like Heaven is bent,
    An early but enduring monument,
      Came, veiling all the lightnings of his song
        In sorrow.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Adonais (XXX)

Eternity doth wear upon her face the veil of time. They only see the veil, and thus they know not what they stand so near!
      - Alexander Smith

Certainly the highest and dearest concerns of a temporal life are infinitely less valuable than those of an eternal; and consequently ought, without any demur at all, to be sacrificed to them, whenever they come in competition.
      - Bishop Robert South

The disappointed man turns his thoughts toward a state of existence where his wiser desires may be fixed with the certainty of faith; the successful man feels that the objects which he has ardently pursued fail to satisfy the cravings of an immortal spirit; the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness, that he may save his soul alive.
      - Robert Southey


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