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
“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

“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

Lars Fr. H. 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

“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

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

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

Harold Bloom
“The aesthetic and the agonistic are one, according to the ancient Greeks.”
Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

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

“Not less important than the brilliant hue that lead a nation or a literature to the 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

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

Harold Bloom
“All canonical writing possesses the quality "of making you feel strangeness at home.”
Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

Louise Erdrich
“If I die, don't take this too hard," she counseled them, "death is only part of things bigger than we can imagine. Our brains are just starting the greatness, to learn how to do things like flying. What next? You will see, and you will see that your mother is of the design. And I will always be made of things, and things will always be made of me. Nothing can get rid of me because I am already included into the pattern.”
Louise Erdrich, The Master Butchers Singing Club

“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

Harold Bloom
“Tradition is not only bending down, or process of benign transmission. It is also a conflict between past genius and present aspiration in which the price is literary survival or canonical inclusion.”
Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

H.P. Lovecraft
“There is in certain ancient things a trace
Of some dim essence --
More than form or weight;
A tenuous aether, indeterminate,
Yet linked with all the laws of time and space.
A faint, veiled sign of continuities
That outward eyes can never quite descry;
Of locked dimensions harboring years gone by,
And out of reach except for hidden keys.”
H.P. Lovecraft

Richard L.  Ratliff
“I guess she was a life line
Sewing our family fabric together
From me to dad to her
Gave me a sense of continuity
Especially when my daughter was born
As she was slipping away”
Richard L. Ratliff

“Isn't it ironic that being immortal would reveal the fool's errand of immortality?”
RyLee Harrison

Paul Bowles
“There are mornings when, from the first ray of light seized upon by the eye, and the first simple sounds that get inside the head, the heart is convinced that it is existing in rhythm to a kind of unheard music, familiar but forgotten because long ago it was interrupted and only now has suddenly resumed playing. The silent melodies pass through the fabric of the consciousness like the wind through the meshes of a net, without moving it, but at the same time unmistakably there, all around it. For one who has never lived such a morning, its advent can be a paralyzing experience.”
Paul Bowles, The Spider's House

Philip Zaleski
“Facts seemed to run around and rattle in his head like dried peas, and then suddenly to form a convincing pattern.”
Philip Zaleski, The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams

Harold Bloom
“Great literature will insist upon its self-sufficiency in the face of the worthiest causes”
Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

“Узнаешь? Это ты. Ничто не уходит окончательно, все продолжает существовать, можно опять увидеть, приблизясь.”
Марк Харитонов, Lines of Fate: A Novel

Robert J. Allison
“The professor counsels against retrospective history, assuming that particular pieces contributed to an outcome.”
Robert J. Allison, Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies

René Guénon
“[...] Sans entrer encore dans la question de la « composition du continu », on voit donc que le nombre, quelque extension qu’on donne à sa notion, ne lui est jamais parfaitement applicable : cette application revient en somme toujours à remplacer le continu par un discontinu dont les intervalles peuvent être très petits, et même le devenir de plus en plus par une série indéfinie de divisions successives, mais sans jamais pouvoir être supprimés, car, en réalité, il n’y a pas de « derniers éléments » auxquels ces divisions puissent aboutir, une quantité continue, si petite qu’elle soit, demeurant toujours indéfiniment divisible. C’est à ces divisions du continu que répond proprement la considération des nombres fractionnaires ; mais, et c’est là ce qu’il importe particulièrement de remarquer, une fraction, si infime qu’elle soit, est toujours une quantité déterminée, et entre deux fractions, si peu différentes l’une de l’autre qu’on les suppose, il y a toujours un intervalle également déterminé.”
René Guénon, The Metaphysical Principles of the Infinitesimal Calculus

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

“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

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