Continuity Quotes

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Robert A. Heinlein
“Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl that she used to be. But a great artist--a master--and that is what Auguste Rodin was--can look at an old woman, portray her exactly as she is . . . and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be . . . and more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armadillo, or even you, see that this lovely young girl is still alive, not old and ugly at all, but simply prisoned inside her ruined body.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

Bertrand Russell
“Some care is needed in using Descartes' argument. "I think, therefore I am" says rather more than is strictly certain. It might seem as though we are quite sure of being the same person to-day as we were yesterday, and this is no doubt true in some sense. But the real Self is as hard to arrive at as the real table, and does not seem to have that absolute, convincing certainty that belongs to particular experiences.”
Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy

George Orwell
“He was a lonely ghost uttering a truth that nobody would ever hear. But so long as he uttered it, in some obscure way the continuity was not broken. It was not by making yourself heard but by staying sane that you carried on the human heritage.”
George Orwell, 1984

Julia Cameron
“We need to bridge our sense of loneliness and disconnection with a sense of community and continuity even if we must manufacture it from our time on the Web and our use of calling cards to connect long distance. We must “log on” somewhere, and if it is only in cyberspace, that is still far better than nowhere at all. (264)”
Julia Cameron, God is No Laughing Matter

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
“There are no telegraphs on Tralfamadore. But you're right: each clump of symbols is a brief, urgent message-- describing a situation, a scene. We Tralfamadorians read them all at once, not one after the other. There isn't any particular relationship between all the messages, except that the author has chosen them carefully, so that, when seen all at once, they produce an image of life that is beautiful and surprising and deep. There is no beginning, no middle, no end, no suspense, no moral, no causes, no effects. What we love in our books are the depths of many marvelous moments seen all at one time.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

Wernher von Braun
“Everything science has taught me strengthens my belief in the continuity of our spiritual existence after death. I believe in an immortal soul. Science has proved that nothing disintegrates into nothingness. Life and soul, therefore, cannot disintegrate into nothingness, and so are immortal.”
Werner Von Braun

Frank Herbert
“Respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality. Something cannot emerge from nothing.”
Frank Herbert, Dune

Erik Pevernagie
“Our “identity” may fascinate us because it ensures continuity throughout time, as we discern it from external signs, tuition, or heritage. When inner tensions run out of control, though, it can be that our “character” exceeds all boundaries. If we succeed in mastering the pressure that destroys the ramparts of our inner world, we can create a pattern, a way of living, that molds the outlines of our identity, combining the unavoidable daily “musts” with the fluency of the enlightening unsuspected “moments,” allowing us to soar on the flow of the soothing waves of our vibrating feelgood experience. ("Looking for the unexpected")”
Erik Pevernagie

“The advantages of a hereditary Monarchy are self-evident. Without some such method of prescriptive, immediate and automatic succession, an interregnum intervenes, rival claimants arise, continuity is interrupted and the magic lost. Even when Parliament had secured control of taxation and therefore of government; even when the menace of dynastic conflicts had receded in to the coloured past; even when kingship had ceased to be transcendental and had become one of many alternative institutional forms; the principle of hereditary Monarchy continued to furnish the State with certain specific and inimitable advantages.

Apart from the imponderable, but deeply important, sentiments and affections which congregate around an ancient and legitimate Royal Family, a hereditary Monarch acquires sovereignty by processes which are wholly different from those by which a dictator seizes, or a President is granted, the headship of the State. The King personifies both the past history and the present identity of the Nation as a whole. Consecrated as he is to the service of his peoples, he possesses a religious sanction and is regarded as someone set apart from ordinary mortals. In an epoch of change, he remains the symbol of continuity; in a phase of disintegration, the element of cohesion; in times of mutability, the emblem of permanence. Governments come and go, politicians rise and fall: the Crown is always there. A legitimate Monarch moreover has no need to justify his existence, since he is there by natural right. He is not impelled as usurpers and dictators are impelled, either to mesmerise his people by a succession of dramatic triumphs, or to secure their acquiescence by internal terrorism or by the invention of external dangers. The appeal of hereditary Monarchy is to stability rather than to change, to continuity rather than to experiment, to custom rather than to novelty, to safety rather than to adventure.

The Monarch, above all, is neutral. Whatever may be his personal prejudices or affections, he is bound to remain detached from all political parties and to preserve in his own person the equilibrium of the realm. An elected President – whether, as under some constitutions, he be no more than a representative functionary, or whether, as under other constitutions, he be the chief executive – can never inspire the same sense of absolute neutrality. However impartial he may strive to become, he must always remain the prisoner of his own partisan past; he is accompanied by friends and supporters whom he may seek to reward, or faced by former antagonists who will regard him with distrust. He cannot, to an equal extent, serve as the fly-wheel of the State.”
Harold Nicholson

Frank Herbert
“He realized suddenly that it was one thing to see the past occupying the present, but the true test of prescience was to see the past in the future. Things persisted in not being what they seemed.”
Frank Herbert, Dune

James Robertson
“When we're in the story, when we're part of it, we can't know the outcome. It's only later that we think we can see what the story was. But do we ever really know? And does anybody else, perhaps, coming along a little later, does anybody else really care? ... History is written by the survivors, but what is that history? That's the point I was trying to make just now. We don't know what the story is when we're in it, and even after we tell it we're not sure. Because the story doesn't end.”
James Robertson, And the Land Lay Still

Lars Fredrik Händler Svendsen
“Traditions brings continuity to one’s existence, but this sort of continuity is precisely what has been increasingly lost
throughout modernity.”
Lars Fr. H. Svendsen, A Philosophy of Boredom

“It is unlikely that many of us will be famous, or even remembered. But not less important than the brilliant few that lead a nation or a literature to fresh achievements, are the unknown many whose patient efforts keep the world from running backward; who guard and maintain the ancient values, even if they do not conquer new; whose inconspicuous triumph it is to pass on what they inherited from their fathers, unimpaired and undiminished, to their sons. Enough, for almost all of us, if we can hand on the torch, and not let it down; content to win the affection, if it may be, of a few who know us and to be forgotten when they in their turn have vanished. The destiny of mankind is not governed wholly by its 'stars'.”
F. L. Lucas, Style

Sheri S. Tepper
“I have always lived in a world in which I'm just a spot in history. My life is not the important point. I'm just part of the continuum, and that continuum, to me, is a marvelous thing. The history of life, and the history of the planet, should go on and on and on and on. I cannot conceive of anything in the universe that has more meaning than that."

[Sheri S. Tepper: Speaking to the Universe, Locus Magazine, September 1998]”
Sheri S. Tepper

Sita Ram Goel
“Hindu society is the only significant society in the world today which presents a continuity of cultural existence and functioning since times immemorial.”
Sita Ram Goel, Hindu Society Under Siege

“If a family is an expression of continuity through biology, a city is an expression of continuity through will amd imagination — through mental choices making artifice, not through physical reproduction.”
A. Bartlett Giamatti, Take Time for Paradise: Americans and Their Games

Karel Čapek
“S aztán még virítani kezd a lomb. Sárgán, bíborvörösen, rozsdaszínben, narancspirosan, paprikavörösen, vörösbarnán pompáznak az őszi levelek, vörösek, narancsszínűek, feketék, kékesen hamvasak a bogyók, sárgállik, vöröslik, fakó fehéren fénylik a csupasz vesszők fája - ó, még nincs vége mindennek! S amikor már leesett az első hó, itt lesznek még a sötétzöld téli magyalbokrok a tűzpiros termésükkel, meg a feketefenyők, a hamisciprusok és a tiszafák - soha nincs vége semminek.
Mondom nektek, nincsen halál, és nincs téli álom sem. Csak növünk egyik időszakból a másikba. Türelem kell az élethez, mert az élet örök.”
Karel Čapek, The Gardener's Year

Eric Metaxas
“(Bonhoeffer's) change was not an ungainly, embarrassing leap from which he would have to retreat slightly when he gained more maturity and perspective. It was by all accounts a deepening consistent with what had gone before.”
Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

“O’ serpentine Ouroboros,
semper salvus!
Semper tutis!
The end shall never consume us.”
Lavinia Valeriana, Night Tide Musings

Gretel Ehrlich
“Leaves are verbs that conjugate the seasons.”
Gretel Ehrlich, The Solace of Open Spaces

“That there is no truth and untruth. Is that the wisdom you gained?’ Sita asked sarcastically.
‘Truth does not remain the same forever but keeps changing continuously—that is the wisdom I earned.”
Volga, The Liberation of Sita

Frances Hardinge
“The heart of being a radical isn’t knowing all the right books, it isn’t about kings over the sea or the parliament over in the capital. It’s… looking at the world around you and seeing the things that make you sick to your stomach with anger. The things there’s no point making a fuss about because that’s just the way the world is, and always was and always will be. And then it means getting good and angry about it anyway, and kickin’ up a hurricane. Because nothing is writ across the sky to say the world must be this way. A tree can grow two hundred years, and look like it’ll last a thousand more - but when lightning strikes at last, it burns.”
Frances Hardinge, Fly Trap

James C. Collins
“This rare ability to manage continuity and change—requiring a consciously practiced discipline—is closely linked to the ability to develop a vision.”
James C. Collins, HBR's 10 Must Reads on Strategy

Frances Hardinge
“A tree can grow two hundred years, and look like it’ll last a thousand more - but when lightning strikes at last, it burns.”
Frances Hardinge, Fly Trap

Mary Parker Follett
“No experience can ever be repeated, and in this fact we find all the tragedy of life and at the same time its glory—its irrepressible movement.”
Mary Parker Follett

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Life is like continuity of connections.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Ray Bradbury
“But the tables were silent and the cards untouched.”
Ray Bradbury, The Collected Stories of Ray Bradbury: A Critical Edition: Volume 2: 1943-1944

Thomas Hardy
“The point in Yalbury Wood which abutted on the end of Geoffrey Day's premises was closed with an ancient tree, horizontally of enormous extent ,though having no great pretensions to height. Many hundreds of birds had been born amidst the boughs of this single tree: tribes of rabbits and hares had nibbled at it's bark from year to year; quaint tufts of fungi had sprung from the cavities of it's forks; and countless families of moles and earthworms had crept about its roots.”
Thomas Hardy, Under the Greenwood Tree

Ehsan Sehgal
“Continuity in any affair creates curiosity and attention.”
Ehsan Sehgal

“No matter how long a human being’s life is, one day it ends. Useful knowledge is the only thing that remains afterwards. It keeps flying in the sky until it finds a new curious person who holds it and develops it further.”
Mahmood H. Shubbak

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