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Published Sunday, July 24, 2016 @ 6:59 AM EDT
Jul 24 2016

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.
-Paulo Coelho

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.
-Lewis Mumford

Every step in human progress, from the first feeble stirrings in the abyss of time, has been opposed by the great majority of men.
-H.L. Mencken

Everything, alas, is an abyss,- actions, desires, dreams, Words!.
-Charles Baudelaire

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 into you.
-Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

I am tired of my expedition into the dim, the zero abyss of facts.
-Oscar Wilde

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 word.
-George Moore

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.
-Taylor Caldwell

It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.
-Joseph Campbell

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 children.
-Primo Levi

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.
-Joseph Campbell

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.
-Thomas Huxley

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 darkness.
-Vladimir Nabokov

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.
-Primo Levi

What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves?.
-Thomas Merton

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.
-Elie Wiesel


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