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He that will often put eternity and the world before him, and who will dare to look steadfastly at both of them, will find that the more often he contemplates them, the former will grow greater, and the latter less.
- Charles Caleb Colton
Nothing is there to come, and nothing past,
But an eternal Now does always last.
- Abraham Cowley, Davideis (bk. I)
Vain, weak-built isthmus, which dost proudly rise
Up between two eternities!
- Abraham Cowley, Ode on Life and Fame
If we consider eternity, into that time never entered; eternity is not an everlasting flux of time, but time is as a short parenthesis in a long period; and eternity had been the same as it is, though time had never been.
- Dr. John Donne, Devotions
Sure there is none but fears a future state;
And when the most obdurate swear they do not,
Their trembling hearts belie their boasting tongues.
- John Dryden
Too curious mans! why dost thou seek to know
Events, which, good or ill, foreknown, are woe!
Th' all-seeing power, that made thee mortal, gave
Thee every thing a mortal state should have.
- John Dryden
I have just got a new theory of eternity.
- Albert Einstein
All great men find eternity affirmed in the very promise of their faculties.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
I am not eternity, but a man; a part of the whole, as an hour is of the day.
Beyond the grave! As the vision rises how this side dwindles into nothing--a speck--a moment--and its glory and pomp shrink into the trinkets and baubles that amuse an infant for a day. Only those things, in the glory of this light, which lay hold of immortality, seem to have any value.
- Randolph S. Foster
In tragedy every moment is eternity; in comedy, eternity is a moment.
- Christopher Fry
In the life to come, at the first ray of its light our true characters, purified but preserving their identity, will more fully expand, and the result of the infinite diversity will be a complete unity.
- Madame Gasparin
Eternity invests every state, whether of bliss or of suffering, with a mysterious and awful importance, entirely its own. It gives that weight and moment to whatever it attaches, compared to which all interests that know a period fade into absolute insignificance.
- Robert Hall
Eternity has no gray hairs! The flowers fade, the heart withers, man grows old and dies, the world lies down in the sepulchre of ages, but time writes no wrinkles on the brow of eternity.
- Reginald Heber
Let me dream that love goes with us to the shore unknown.
- Mrs. Felicia D. Hemans
Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke.
- Hermann Hesse
Life everywhere is in vast and endless variety. So it is with life eternal, that gift of God, constituting, in its length and breadth and height and depth, the reward of the righteous. The penitent, dying thief is not going into heaven like the triumphant, dying Paul.
- Herrick Johnson
This is eternal life; a life of everlasting love, showing itself in everlasting good works; and whosoever lives that life, he lives the life of God, and hath eternal life.
- Charles Kingsley
The longest time that man may live,
The lapse of generations of his race,
The continent entire of time itself,
Bears not proportion to Eternity;
Huge as a fraction of a grain of dew
Co-measured with the broad, unbounded ocean!
There is the time of man--his proper time,
Looking at which this life is but a gust,
A puff of breath, that's scarcely felt ere gone!
- James Sheridan Knowles
It is only Jesus Christ who has thrown light on life and immortality through the gospel; and because He has done so, and has enabled us by His atoning death and intercession to make the most of this discovery, His gospel is, for all who will, a power of God unto salvation.
- Canon Henry P. Liddon
If there remains an eternity to us after the short revolution of time we so swiftly run over here, 'tis clear that all the happiness that can be imagined in this fleeting state is not valuable in respect of the future.
- John Locke (1)
The sum total of all sums total is eternal (meaning the universe).
[Lat., Summarum summa est aeternum.]
- Lucretius (Titus Lucretius Carus),
De Rerum Natura (III, 817)
Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.
I am haunted by waters.
- Norman Fitzroy Maclean,
A River Runs Through It
The thought of eternity consoles for the shortness of life.
- Chretien Guillaume Malesherbes
Beyond is all abyss, eternity, whose end no eye can reach.
- John Milton
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