Quotes about the abyss:
At every moment of our lives, we all have one foot in a fairy tale and
the other in the abyss.
By his very success in inventing labor-saving devices, modern man has
manufactured an abyss of boredom that only the privileged classes in
earlier civilizations have ever fathomed.
Every step in human progress, from the first feeble stirrings in the
abyss of time, has been opposed by the great majority of men.
Everything, alas, is an abyss,- actions, desires, dreams, Words!.
He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a
monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also
-Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
I am tired of my expedition into the dim, the zero abyss of facts.
I will admit that an artist may be great and limited; by one word he may
light up an abyss of soul; but there must be this one magical and unique
If you're at the edge of an abyss the only progressive step is backward!.
-William Sloane Coffin, Jr.
It is a stern fact of history that no nation that rushed to the abyss
ever turned back. Not ever, in the long history of the world. We are now
on the edge of the abyss. Can we, for the first time in history, turn
back? It is up to you.
It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of
life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.
It is neither easy nor agreeable to dredge this abyss of viciousness,
and yet I think it must be done, because what could be perpetrated
yesterday could be attempted again tomorrow, could overwhelm us and our
One thing that comes out in myths is that at the bottom of the abyss
comes the voice of salvation. The black moment is the moment when the
real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment
comes the light.
Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every
preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses
nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.
The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our
existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of
The day after that wedding night I found that a distance of a thousand
miles, abyss and discovery and irremediable metamorphosis, separated me
from the day before.
-Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will
always find forgiveness.
-Honoré de Balzac
There are people who wring their hands and call it an abyss, but do
nothing to fill it; there are also those who work to widen it, as if the
scientist and literary man belong to two different human subspecies,
reciprocally incomprehensible, fated to ignore each other and not apt to
engage in cross-fertilization.
What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the
abyss that separates us from ourselves?.
When you see the abyss, and we have looked into it, then what? There
isn't much room at the edge- one person, another, not many. If you are
there, others cannot be there. If you are there, you become a protective
wall. What happens? You become part of the abyss.