Life, like a dome of many-coloured glass,
Stains the white radiance of eternity.
~ Percy Bysshe Shelley — Adonais
It is eternity now. I am in the midst of it. It is about me in the sunshine; I am in it, as the butterfly in the light-laden air. Nothing has to come; it is now. Now is eternity; now is the immortal life.
~ Richard Jefferies – The Story of My Heart
Nothing is there to come, and nothing past,
But an eternal Now does always last.
~ Abraham Cowley
Eternity is not an endless addition of “times” — a weak infinite series of durations, but rather a Reality in which all true realities abide, and which retains in a present now all beginnings and all endings. Eternity is just the real world for which we were made and which we enter through the door of love.
~ Rufus M Jones – Spiritual Reformers in the 16th and 17th Centuries
Any one who feels the full significance of what is involved in knowing the truth has a coercive feeling that Eternity has been set within us, that our finite life is deeply rooted in the all pervading Infinite.
The eternal life is not the future life; it is life in harmony with the true order of things — life in God. We must learn to look upon time as a movement of eternity, as an undulation in the ocean of being. To live, so as to keep this consciousness of ours in perpetual relation with the eternal, is to be wise; to live, so as to personify and embody the eternal, is to be religious.
~ Henri-Frédéric Amiel