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Julian Barbour Quotes and Sayings

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The passage of time is simply an illusion created by our brains.
- Julian Barbour

There are things that I would say that you could call an instant of time;
or better,
a now.
As we live we seem to move through a succession of instants of time,
nows, and the question is, what are they? There are
where everything in the universe is at this moment,
now.
- Julian Barbour

My ideas about time all developed from the realization
that if nothing were to change we could not say that time passes.
Change is primary, time, if it exists at all,
is something we deduce from it.
- Julian Barbour

I did not wish to take a cabin passage,
but rather to go before the mast
and on the deck of the world,
for there I could best see
the moonlight amid the mountains.
I do not wish to go below now.
- Henry David Thoreau

 

In many ways, it is easier to be a good giver than a good receiver.
The giver chooses the gift and the timing.
More important, societal and religious traditions
tend to elevate the status of giver and lower the status of receiver.
When the Bible (Acts 20:32-35) speaks of it being
more blessed to give than to receive,
I believe that a better translation might be
"take" rather than "receive," as the context
of that passage is "coveting."
Certainly there is nothing blessed about coveting,
stealing, begging, or demanding,
however the skill of graciously receiving a freely offered gift
is another matter entirely.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We have to be able to grow up.
Our wrinkles are our medals of the passage of life.
They are what we have been through and who we want to be.
- Lauren Hutton

If you never ask yourself any questions about the meaning of a passage,
you cannot expect the book to give you any insight
you do not already possess.
- Mortimer Adler

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We're building on an international network with many
others for the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
There are so many things we can do to carry forward policies.
- Janet Reno

The wisdom acquired with the passage of time is a useless
gift unless you share it.
- Esther Williams

Freedom Summer, the massive voter education project in Mississippi,
was 1964.
I graduated from high school in 1965.
So becoming active was almost a rite of passage.
- Danny Glover

While there are many influences on gas prices in America,
I believe the passage of a national energy bill will
help relieve this burden on our country.
- Paul Gillmor

I never thought of becoming a director.
When I was twelve, the passage from silent film to
the talkies had an impact on me -
I still watch silent films.
- Alain Resnais

When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only,
but now and then I come across a passage,
perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me,
and it becomes part of me.
- W. Somerset Maugham

We fear our passage will be attended with difficulties
by reason of the great number of passingers which are
one hundred and eighty and upwards in number.
- Nathaniel Smith

Many of the Iroquois and Huron houses were of similar construction,
the partitions being at the sides only,
leaving a wide passage down the middle of the house.
- Francis Parkman

I think it's sort of a rite of passage for a British
actor to try and get the American accent and have a
good crack at doing that.
- Orlando Bloom

I'm only interested in rites of passage stories.
- Pete Townshend

They said their sufferings were great on the passage,
and several of their number had died.
- Lewis Tappan

I always say that as a Christian I cannot find any
passage in the Gospels in which Jesus condemned homosexuality.
- Troy Perry

Feverishly we cleared away the remaining last scraps
of rubbish on the floor of the passage before the doorway,
until we had only the clean sealed doorway before us.
- Howard Carter

We live in a stage of politics, where legislators seem
to regard the passage of laws as much more important
than the results of their enforcement.
- William Howard Taft

You know the passage where Scarlett voices her happiness that her mother is dead,
so that she can't see what a bad girl Scarlett has become? Well,
that's me.
- Vivien Leigh

Have you ever observed that we pay much more attention
to a wise passage when it is quoted than when we read
it in the original author?
- Philip Gilbert Hamerton

Painting is the passage from the chaos of the emotions
to the order of the possible.
- Balthus

But 18 years after the passage of the Civil Liberties Act,
there still remains unfinished work to completely rectify
and close this regrettable chapter in our Nation's history.
- Xavier Becerra

Cinema was my rite of passage.
- John Singleton

I've found that music allows years to fold like an
accordion over each other,
so I guess you don't feel the passage of time as much.
- Amy Grant

Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakable
truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time.
- Richard Dawkins

Travel gives me the opportunity to walk through the
sectors of cities where one can clearly see the passage of time.
- Jerzy Kosinski

A Passage to India.
It is my favourite movie.
- Maurice Jarre

The House passage of our bill is a victory for this country!
Common sense wins out.
I'm just so thrilled and excited.
The sale of guns must stop.
Halfway measures are not enough.
- Sarah Brady

Living most of the time in a world created mostly in one's head,
does not make for an easy passage in the real world.
- Sydney Brenner

To me rites of passage through life,
that's a wonderful,
beautiful thing.
- Lance Henriksen

House passage is good news for the Northwest corner and our environment.
- Nancy L. Johnson

America is terrified of the passage of time.
Prozac Nation.
Land of Face Lifts.
- Dirk Benedict

Trust has to be earned, and should come only after the passage of time.
- Arthur Ashe

I have always been very obsessed with time.
Time's passage makes us all very vulnerable and because
we all experience it in our own way,
it can make us feel very alone.
- John Barton

I started studying what the nature of a monument is
and what a monument should be.
And for the World War III memorial I designed a futile,
almost terrifying passage that ends nowhere.
- Maya Lin

My rite of passage into my brave new world,
life on the road.
- Kenny Loggins

A healthy human environment is one in which we try
to make sense of our limits,
of the accidents that can always befall us and the
passage of time which inexorably changes us.
- Rowan Williams

I cannot in good conscience vote for final passage
of legislation that would pave the way to open the
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.
- Jim Ramstad

A poet must leave traces of his passage,
not proof.
- Rene Char

Old age and the passage of time teach all things.
- Sophocles

In boundless love as a Christian and as a man
I read through the passage which tells us
how the Lord at last rose in His might
and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple
the brood of vipers and of adders.
- Adolph Hitler

New Year's eve is like every other night;
there is no pause in the march of the universe,
no breathless moment of silence among created things
that the passage of another twelve months may be noted;
and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening
that come with the coming of darkness on other nights.
- Hamilton Wright Mabie

After clearing 9 metres of the descending passage,
in about the middle of the afternoon,
we came upon a second sealed doorway,
which was almost the exact replica of the first.
- Howard Carter

I keep sailing on in this middle passage.
I am sailing into the wind and the dark.
But I am doing my best to keep my boat steady and my sails full.
- Arthur Ashe

Klopstock was questioned regarding the meaning of a passage in his poem.
He replied, 'God and I both knew what it meant once;
now God alone knows.'
- Cesare Lombroso

On my passage thither, I discovered nothing remarkable
in the features of the country.
- William Henry Ashley

A lot of my works deal with a passage,
which is about time.
I don't see anything that I do as a static object in space.
It has to exist as a journey in time.
- Maya Lin

The passage of time is a continuing thing.
At 18, you're going to live forever,
and you are definitely not at 52,
so that is a recurring topic.
I still think it's the main stuff.
- Peter Hammill

The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.
- James Taylor

Quite a lot of our contemporary culture is actually
shot through with a resentment of limits and the passage of time,
anger at what we can't do, fear or even disgust at growing old.
- Rowan Williams

Peter is an old friend.
I'm heartbroken, but he's also a tough guy.
I'm counting on him getting through this very difficult passage.
- Tom Brokaw

Have you learned the lessons only of those who admired you,
and were tender with you, and stood aside for you?
Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you,
and disputed passage with you?
- Walt Whitman

Time has no divisions to mark its passage,
there is never a thunder-storm or blare of trumpets
to announce the beginning of a new month or year.
Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals
who ring bells and fire off pistols.
- Thomas Mann

It is my hope that during my brief passage through this universe,
that I may share with you the joy of hearing the music of the stars...
knowing that the composer was from a distant place
and the songs were written eons ago,
which now fall gently on this place for all to hear.
- Richard H. Baker

Our specious present as such is very short.
We do, however, experience passing events;
part of the process of the passage of events is directly there in our experience,
including some of the past and some of the future.
- George Herbert Mead

What's wonderful is to read the different translations -
some done in 1600 and some in 1900 -
of the same passage.
It's fascinating to watch the same tale repeated in
such a different way by two different centuries.
- Martin C. Smith

Laws protecting the United States flag do not cut away
at the freedom of speech guaranteed in the First Amendment...
Congress made this position clear upon passage of the
Flag Protection Act of 1989,
which prohibited desecration of the flag.
- Larry Craig

I'm reticent to say much more, but we would like to
begin in the coming year.
We'd like to shoot through the seasons because of the passage of time.
This project is the great love of my life.
- Madeleine Stowe

Remember, the Arctic didn't have any ice.
And the Northwest Passage was wide open.
They were raising grapes in Scotland for God sakes,
had a huge winery.
Iceland was a farming community.
As some of the glaciers retreated they found villages
that were covered with ice.
- Don Young

Remember that the pharynx is at a crossroads from which leads off,
at the top, the passage to the mouth cavity and the
passage to the nasal cavity,
and below, the passage to the larynx.
- Roman Jakobson

I learned, too, how it was possible with the help of
the picture and action to transform an apparently insignificant
violin passage into an incident,
and to lift a simple horn call into a thing of stupendous
significance by means of scenic emphasis.
- Anton Seidl

In our passage from the Cape of Good Hope the winds
were mostly from the westward with very boisterous weather:
but one great advantage that this season of the year
has over the summer months is in being free from fogs.
- William Bligh

Just touching that old tree was truly moving to me
because when you touch these trees,
you have such a sense of the passage of time,
of history.
It's like you're touching the essence,
the very substance of life.
- Kim Novak

Women's sports is still in its infancy.
The beginning of women's sports in the United States started in 1972,
with the passage of Title 9 for girls to finally get athletic scholarships.
- Billie Jean King

This is a gift.
This is a gift from God.
It's really like the old Biblical passage that talks
about your body being a temple.
That's not to say that I've never done anything but
I've never abused myself.
Never gone over the top for a long period of time.
- Teena Marie

Decisive action has been taken on the home front with
passage of the USA Patriot Act,
which has strengthened the hand of law enforcement
agencies to stop terrorists before they can act.
- Roger Wicker

The problem for me, still today, is that I write purely
with one dramatic structure and that is the rite of passage.
I'm not really skilled in any other.
Rock and roll itself can be described as music to accompany the rite of passage.
- Pete Townshend

In the 19th Century people were looking for the Northwest Passage.
Ships were lost and brave people were killed,
but that doesn't mean we never went back to that part of the world again,
and I consider it the same in space exploration.
- John L. Phillips


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