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Only the soul that is naked and unashamed, can be pure and innocent, even as Adam was in the primal garden of humanity. ~ Sri Aurobindo

Adam (Hebrew: אָדָם‎, Arabic: آدم‎) was, according to the Book of Genesis and the Qur'an, the first man created by God and noted as such in subsequent Jewish, Christian, Islamic and Bahá'í traditions and literature. In Hebrew ׳āḏām, meaning "human" coupled with the definite article, becomes "the human"; its root is linked to its triliteral root אָדָם (A-D-M ), meaning "red", "fair", "handsome". As a masculine noun, 'adam means "man", "mankind" usually in a collective context as in humankind. The noun 'adam is also the masculine form of the word adamah which means "ground" or "earth" and is related to the words: adom (red), admoni (ruddy), and dam (blood).

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Quotes from works of literature of the character "Adam"
  • While God created Adam, who was alone, He said, 'It is not good for man to be alone. He also created a woman, from the earth, as He had created Adam himself, and called her Lilith. Adam and Lilith immediately began to fight. She said, 'I will not lie below,' and he said, 'I will not lie beneath you, but only on top. For you are fit only to be in the bottom position, while I am to be the superior one.' Lilith responded, 'We are equal to each other inasmuch as we were both created from the earth.' But they would not listen to one another. When Lilith saw this, she pronounced the Ineffable Name and flew away into the air.
  • This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
  • Lord of the world, must I and my ass eat at one crib?
    • Upon being told that he would have to eat the herbs of the ground, as reported in The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles (1886) by Charles Taylor, p. 14.

Quotes about Adam[edit]

The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
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  • When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
    And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.
    And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
    And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
    And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
    And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
    And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
  • And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
  • And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.
  • When Adam dalf and Eve span, go spire – if thou may spede –
    Where was than the pride of man that now marres his mede?
    • When Adam delved and Eve spun, go ask – if you may succeed –
      Where then was the pride of man, which now deprives him of his reward?
    • "When Adam dalf and Eve span", line 1, in The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse (1970) edited by Celia Sisam and Kenneth Sisam p. 617, translation, p. 404
  • Adam lay ibounden,
    Bounden in a bond;
    Four thousand winter
    Thoght he not too long;
    And all was for an appil,
    An appil that he tok.
    • Adam lay bound,
      Bound up in a bond.
      Four thousand winters
      He thought not too long.
      And all was for an apple,
      An apple that he took.
      • Anonymous, "Adam lay ibounden", line 1, as quoted in Early English Lyrics ([1907] 1972) by Sir Edmund K. Chambers and Frank Sidgwick, p. 102, Translation: Joseph Glaser Middle English Poetry in Modern Verse (2007) p. 85.
  • In the time of the First Manifestation the Primal Will appeared in Adam.
    • Báb, Dalá’Il-I-Sab‘ih (The Seven Proofs).
  • Oh, but of course the story of Adam and Eve was only ever symbolic, wasn't it? Symbolic?! So Jesus had himself tortured and executed for a symbolic sin by a non-existent individual? Nobody not brought up in the faith could reach any verdict other than "barking mad". (Part 2, 00:30:25)
  • Without the Christian explanation of original sin, the seemingly silly story of Adam and Eve and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, there was no explanation of conflict. At all.
  • And [mention] when We said to the angels, "Prostrate to Adam," and they prostrated, except for Iblees. He was of the jinn and departed from the command of his Lord. Then will you take him and his descendants as allies other than Me while they are enemies to you? Wretched it is for the wrongdoers as an exchange.
  • The first idea was not our own. Adam
    In Eden was the father of Descartes
    And eve made air the mirror of herself,

    Of her sons and of her daughters.

  • That man, the unsubmissive and first, stands in the opening chapter of every legend mankind has recorded about its beginning. Prometheus was chained to a rock and torn by vultures — because he had stolen the fire of the gods. Adam was condemned to suffer — because he had eaten the fruit of the tree of knowledge. Whatever the legend, somewhere in the shadows of its memory mankind knew that its glory began with one and that that one paid for his courage.
  • When Adam sinned it was not he who cried, 'God, where art Thou?' It was God who cried, 'Adam, where art thou?'

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