“The gods may love a man, but they can’t help him when cold death comes to lay him on his bier.” – Homer, The Odyssey
“In Greek mythology, for example, the Homeric gods cannot be conceived of apart from the world – they are ‘principalities and powers’ of the world (e.g., Poseidon is the power of the sea). If you take away the world, you take away the gods. In monotheistic thought, however, given creation out of nothing, when you take away the world, you still have God.” – Richard J. Plantinga, Thomas R. Thompson, and Matthew D. Lundberg, An Introduction to Christian Theology
Böcklin, Arnold. Odysseus and Polyphemus. Oil and tempera on panel. 1896.
“Це лише бог у кожного свій. Демони ж у всіх нас спільні.”
“It’s just god that each has his own. But demons in all of us are shared.”
Іздрик, Юрій. Флешка-2GB.
Izdryk, Yurii. Флешка-2GB. Translator Vasyl Matsyuk.
Vityk, Max. Night Dream. 2009. Acrylic and colour pencil on canvas.
“Long, long ago the Truth was found,
A company of men it bound.
Grasp firmly then—that ancient Truth!”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Tischbein, Johann Heinrich Wilhelm. Goethe in the Roman Campagna. 1787. Oil on canvas.
“History does not repeat itself, but it rhymes.” – Mark Twain
“Samuel Langhorne Clements (1835-1910), better known as Mark Twain, began his career as a typesetter, a newspaperman, and a Mississippi riverboat pilot. Eventually the author of roughly fifty books and essays, his Adventures of Huckleberry Finn still contends for the elusive title of the Great American Novel.” – Lapham, Lewis H., editor. Lapham’s Quarterly. Volume 1.1.
“He who cannot draw on three thousand years is living hand to mouth.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Pereda, Antonio de. Allegory of Vanity. Kunsthistorisches Museum, 1636.
“I now make an open account and confession of my sins; if my reader is one whom you have called, who has followed your voice and avoided the same sins, let them not laugh at me as they read my account. I have been healed by the same Physician whose care has kept them from falling ill at all, or at least not so severely. Let them see that it is through you, who have saved me from the sickness of my sins, that they too do not suffer to the same degree from the sickness of their own.” – Augustine of Hippo, Confessions
“Augustine of Hippo (354-430), a Roman magistrate transformed into a bishop of the early Church, formulated his notion of Christian morality as a response to his having been sorely tempted by a peach.” – Lapham, Lewis H., editor. Lapham’s Quarterly. Volume 1.1.
Carpaccio, Vittore. Vision of St Augustin. Venice. Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, 1502. Tempera on canvas.