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'Tis the divinity that stirs within us;
'Tis Heaven itself that points out an hereafter,
And intimates eternity to man.
- Joseph Addison
Upon laying a weight in one of the scales, inscribed eternity, though I threw in that of time, prosperity, affliction, wealth, and poverty, which seemed very ponderous, they were not able to stir the opposite balance.
- Joseph Addison
Eternity! thou pleasing dreadful thought!
Through what variety of untried being,
Through what new scenes and changes must we pass!
- Joseph Addison, Cato (act V, sc. 1)
Eternity is really long, especially near the end.
- Woody Allen
Then gazing up 'mid the dim pillars high,
The foliaged marble forest where ye lie,
Hush, ye will say, it is eternity!
This is the glimmering verge of heaven, and there
The columns of the heavenly palaces.
- Matthew Arnold, The Tomb
It is a high, solemn, almost awful thought for every individual man, that his earthly influence, which has a commencement, will never, through all ages, have an end.
- James H. Aughey
Nothing is eternal but that which is done for God and others. That which is done for self dies.
- James H. Aughey
"What is eternity?" was a question once asked at the deaf and dumb institution at Paris, and the beautiful and striking answer was given by one of the pupils, "The lifetime of the Almighty."
- John Bate
And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
- Bible, I John (ch. V, v. 11)
Eternity is in love with the productions of time.
- William Blake
None can comprehend eternity but the eternal God. Eternity is an ocean, whereof we shall never see the shore; it is a deep, where we can find no bottom; a labyrinth from whence we cannot extricate ourselves and where we shall never lose the door.
- Thomas Boston
Darkness, that here surrounds our purblind understanding, will vanish at the dawning of eternal day.
- Robert Boyle
Who can speak of eternity without a solecism, or think thereof without an ecstasy?
- Sir Thomas Browne
The created world is but a small parenthesis in eternity.
- Sir Thomas Browne, Works
(vol. III, p. 143), (Bohn's edition)
Let us be adventurers for another world. It is at least a fair and noble chance; and there is nothing in this worth our thoughts or our passions. If we should be disappointed, we are still no worse than the rest of our fellow-mortals; and if we succeed in our expectations we are eternally happy.
- Bishop Gilbert Burnet
O, if we could tear aside the veil, and see but for one hour what it signifies to be a soul in the power of an endless life, what a revelation would it be!
- Horace Bushnell
Oh! in that future let us think
To hold each heart the heart that shares;
With them the immortal waters drink,
And, soul in soul, grow deathless theirs!
- Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)
Eternity forbids thee to forget.
- Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
Lara (canto I, st. 23)
Eternity looks grander and kinder if Time grow meaner and more hostile.
- Thomas Carlyle
What a sublime doctrine it is, that goodness cherished now is eternal life already entered on!
- William Ellery Channing
Consider and act with reference to the true ends of existence. This world is but the vestibule of an immortal life. Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.
- Edwin Hubbell Chapin
There is, I know not how, in the minds of men, a certain presage, as it were, of a future existence; and this takes the deepest root, and is most discoverable, in the greatest geniuses and most exalted souls.
- Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)
The vaulted void of purple sky
That everywhere extends,
That stretches from the dazzled eye,
In space that never ends;
A morning whose uprisen sun
No setting e'er shall see;
A day that comes without a noon
Such is eternity.
- John Clare
Eternity! How know we but we stand
On the precipitous and crumbling verge
Of Time e'en now, Eternity below?
- Abraham Coles
Alas! what is man? whether he be deprived of that light which is from on high, or whether he discard it; a frail and trembling creature, standing on time, that bleak and narrow isthmus between two eternities, he sees nothing but impenetrable darkness on the one hand, and doubt, distrust, and conjecture still more perplexing on the other. Most gladly would he take an observation as to whence he has come, or whither he is going. Alas, he has not the means; his telescope is too dim, his compass too wavering, his plummet too short. Nor is that little spot, his present state, one whit more intelligible, since it may prove a quicksand that may sink in a moment from his feet; it can afford him no certain reckoning as to that immeasurable ocean that he may have traversed, or that still more formidable one that he must.
- Charles Caleb Colton
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