The free exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world.— John Steinbeck
Most Powerful Edenic quotations
And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good.
Do you, good people, believe that Adam and Eve were created in the Garden of Eden and that they were forbidden to eat from the tree of knowledge? I do. The church has always been afraid of that tree. It still is afraid of knowledge. Some of you say religion makes people happy. So does laughing gas. So does whiskey. I believe in the brain of man.
In the Garden of Eden Eve showed more courage than Adam.
. when the serpent offered the forbidden fruit. She knew that there was something better than paradise.
Did perpetual happiness in the Garden of Eden maybe get so boring that eating the apple was justified?
This I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.
Do not spread the compost on the weeds.
There are no ugly questions except those clothed in condescension.
The cyborg would not recognize the garden of Eden;
it is not made of mud and cannot dream of returning to dust.
Zen opens a man's eyes to the greatest mystery as it is daily and hourly performed; it enlarges the heart to embrace eternity of time and infinity of space in its every palpitation; it makes us live in the world as if walking in the garden of Eden
Who can explain the secret pathos of Nature's loveliness? It is a touch of melancholy inherited from our mother Eve. It is an unconscious memory of the lost Paradise. It is the sense that even if we should find another Eden, we would not be fit to enjoy it perfectly nor stay in it forever.
What is Africa to me: Copper sun or scarlet sea, Jungle star or jungle track, Strong bronzed men, or regal black Women from whose loins I sprang When the birds of Eden sang?
We only have one story. All novels, all poetry are built on the never-ending contest in ourselves of good and evil.
People say human nature is a very vague expression, people tend to say human nature is corruptible anyway and it comes from a theological point of view, goes back to the Garden of Eden, that there is always this corrupt gene waiting to be activated that we inherited from the very beginning. I don't believe in that theological excuse.
What man of sense will agree with the statement that the first, second and third days, in which the evening and morning were named, were without sun, moon and stars? What man is found such an idiot as to suppose that God planted trees in Paradise, in Eden, Like a Husbandman?
Prohibition didn't work in the Garden of Eden. Adam ate the apple.
Adam was not alone in the Garden of Eden, however, and does not deserve all the credit; much is due to Eve, the first woman, and Satan, the first consultant.
Being in the nude isn't a disgrace unless you're being promiscuous about it.
After all, when God created Adam and Eve, they were stark naked. And in the Garden of Eden, God was probably naked as a jaybird too!
Love is the way back into Eden. It is the way back to life.
This I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected.
All great and precious things are lonely.
The Bible is the story of two gardens.
Eden and Gethsemane. In the first, Adam took a fall. In the second, Jesus took a stand.
We all long for Eden, and we are constantly glimpsing it: our whole nature at its best and least corrupted, its gentlest and most human, is still soaked with the sense of exile.
The male has been persuaded to assume a certain onerous and disagreeable role with the promise of rewards -- material and psychological. Women may in the first place even have put it into his head. BE A MAN! may have been, metaphorically, what Eve uttered at the critical moment in the garden of Eden.
[Seeing an ornately chained Native American for the first time] What Eden have they torn you from?
After all, he put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden naked as jaybirds!
Whatever he was-that robot in the Garden of Eden, who existed without mind, without values, without labor, without love-he was not man.
It is, of course, a trite observation to say that we live "in a period of transition." Many people have said this at many times. Adam may well have made the remark to Eve on leaving the Garden of Eden.
See yonder another King's garden, which the King waters with his bloody sweat-Gethsemane, whose bitter herbs are sweeter far to renewed souls than even Eden's luscious fruits. There the mischief of the serpent in the first garden was undone: there the curse was lifted from earth, and borne by the woman's promised seed.
Love the Lord your God, and love one another.
Love one another as He loves. Love with strength and purpose and passion and no matter what comes against you. Don't weaken. Stand against the darkness, and love. That's the way back into Eden. That's the way back to life.
Fake is as old as the Eden tree.
It was not the apple on the tree but the pair on the ground that caused the trouble in the garden of Eden.
The media have, indeed, provided the Devil with perhaps the greatest opportunity accorded him since Adam and Eve were turned out of the Garden of Eden.
Secrecy is the original sin. The fig leaf in the Garden of Eden. The basic crime against love.
It would be absurd if we did not understand both angels and devils, since we invented them.