Life Lines

Quotations from the Work of Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy

Edited by Clinton C. Gardner. Argo, 1988.

Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy spoke in epigrams, and this is a collection of them, nuggets mined from his publications and lectures. Life Lines provides an excellent, light, and enlightening introduction to Rosenstock-Huessy. It is also a delightful companion for those who are entranced by his pithy style. It contains a brief bibliography of Rosenstock-Huessy’s books and a short biography. Chapter titles are: “The Individual and Society,” “Time,” “Speech,” “Religion, History, and Thought,” and “Science.” A sampling from this pocket-sized book:

Any original thinker knows that he has to jump; later you can build bridges.

Never will a child be at peace which has not meant the world to somebody and has been spoken to as though it were the only child on earth.


People who have neither inherited something nor bequeathed something worth inheriting vanish without a trace.


He who believes in nothing still needs a girl to believe in him.


Paperback, 83 pages.