Subjects — E

End of the World Quotations

The day the world ends, no one will be there, just as no one was there when it began. This is a scandal. Such a scandal for the human race that it is indeed capable collectively, out of spite, of hastening the end of the world by all means just so it can enjoy the show.

The planet’s survival has become so uncertain that any effort, any thought that presupposes an assured future amounts to a mad gamble.

In the zone of perdition where my youth went as if to complete its education, one would have said that the portents of an imminent collapse of the whole edifice of civilization had made an appointment.

The world began without man, and it will end without him.

We are close to dead. There are faces and bodies like gorged maggots on the dance floor, on the highway, in the city, in the stadium; they are a host of chemical machines who swallow the product of chemical factories, aspirin, preservatives, stimulant, relaxant, and breathe out their chemical wastes into a polluted air. The sense of a long last night over civilization is back again.

The world dies over and over again, but the skeleton always gets up and walks.

The last man of the world-city no longer wants to live — he may cling to life as an individual, but as a type, as an aggregate, no, for it is a characteristic of this collective existence that it eliminates the terror of death.

It isn’t necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice — there are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia.

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

A perfect poem is impossible. Once it had been written, the world would end.

Robert Graves Wikipedia: Robert Graves  

The Paris Review, “Writers at Work: 4th Series”, 1969