There exist certain individuals who are, by nature, given purely to contemplation and are utterly unsuited to action, and who, nevertheless, under a mysterious and unknown impulse, sometimes act with a speed which they themselves would have thought beyond them.
Author: Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)
Profession: French Poet
One cannot long remain so absorbed in contemplation of emptiness without being increasingly attracted to it. In vain one bestows on it the name of infinity; this does not change its nature. When one feels such pleasure in non-existence, one's inclination can be completely satisfied only by completely ceasing to exist.
Author: Emile Durkheim (1858-1917)
Profession: French Sociologist
One is not idle because one is absorbed. There is both visible and invisible labor. To contemplate is to toil, to think is to do. The crossed arms work, the clasped hands act. The eyes upturned to Heaven are an act of creation.
Author: Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
Profession: French Poet, Dramatist, Novelist
I admire people who are suited to the contemplative life. They can sit inside themselves like honey in a jar and just be. It's wonderful to have someone like that around, you always feel you can count on them. You can go away and come back, you can change your mind and your hairdo and your politics, and when you get through doing all these upsetting things, you look around and there they are, just the way they were, just being.
Author: Elizabeth Janeway (1913)
Profession: American Author, Critic
The national distrust of the contemplative temperament arises less from an innate Philistinism than from a suspicion of anything that cannot be counted, stuffed, framed or mounted over the fireplace in the den.
Author: Lewis H. Lapham (1935)
Profession: American Essayist, Editor
With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.
Author: William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
Profession: British Poet