To the natural philosopher there is no natural object unimportant or trifling…
a soap bubble…an apple…a pebble…He walks in the midst of wonders.

JOHN HERSCHEL, A Preliminary Discourse on the Study of Natural Philosophy (1830)

‘I know, and very bad luck it is. But a world in which beastly things can happen to people through no fault of their own_ or, at least not-mainly through their own fault _isn’t hell: it’s only our world all over again. It only has to be faced, like our own world. Even if one was taken there_

Scudamour shuddered. The rest of us thought Ransom was being very unwise, but now I think he was right. He usually is.

‘Even if one was taken in there_ which would be worse than merely seeing one’s double in there_ it wouldn’t be essentially different from other misfortunes. And misfortune is not hell, not by a long way. A man can’t be taken to hell, or sent to hell: you can only get there on your own steam.’

 

C.S Lewis

The Dark Tower & Other Stories

“Take pride in your pain, you are stronger than those who have none.”

Lois Lowry

The Giver Quartet.

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As i once said to an astronomer who argued that, “astronomically speaking ,man is insignificant”,”Sir , you are forgetting that astronomically speaking, man is the astronomer.”

Socrates Meets Kant

Peter Kreeft.

the studious examination of the past in the greatest detail does not teach you much about the mind of History; it only gives you the illusion of understanding it.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb