„Resist. Come, you’re tough enough, my lady, aren’t you, if you beg for death rather than inflict evil?“
— Tanith Lee British writer 1947 - 2015
Part 4 “The Witch Hunt” (p. 133)
„Strepsiades: But come, by the Earth, is not Zeus, the Olympian, a god?
Socrates: What Zeus? Do not trifle. There is no Zeus. “
— Aristophanés Athenian playwright of Old Comedy -446 - -385 a.C.
Clouds, line 366-367 (our emphasis on 367) The Greek-mythology equivalent of ""There is no God."" (tr. Hickie 1853, vol. 1, Perseus http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Aristoph.+Cl.+366)
„p>Helen: What happened in my heart, to make me leave my home
And my own land, to follow where a stranger led?
Rail at the goddess; be more resolute than Zeus,
Who holds power over all other divinities
But is himself the slave of love. Show Aphrodite
Your indignation; me, pardon and sympathy.Hecabe: No; Paris was an extremely handsome man – one look,
And your appetite became your Aphrodite. Why,
Men's lawless lusts are all called love – it's a confusion
— Euripidés ancient Athenian playwright -480 - -406 a.C.
Troades (c. 415 BC), lines 946–950 and 987–990 (tr. Philip Vellacott)
„For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.“
— Patrick Henry attorney, planter, politician and Founding Father of the United States 1736 - 1799
Context: It is natural for man to indulge in the illusions of hope and pride. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.
„The mind weighs and measures but it is the spirit that reaches the heart of life and embraces the secret; and the seed of the spirit is deathless.“
— Khalil Gibran Lebanese artist, poet, and writer 1883 - 1931
Context: We are all sons and daughters of the Most High, but the Anointed One was His first-born, who dwelt in the body of Jesus of Nazareth, and He walked among us and we beheld Him. All this I say that you may understand not only in the mind but rather in the spirit. The mind weighs and measures but it is the spirit that reaches the heart of life and embraces the secret; and the seed of the spirit is deathless. The wind may blow and then cease, and the sea shall swell and then weary, but the heart of life is a sphere quiet and serene, and the star that shines therein is fixed for evermore. John The Beloved Disciple In His Old Age: On Jesus The Word