Fyodor Dostoevsky, “The Idiot”

“The thought steps in, whether one likes it or no, that death is so terrible and powerful that even He who conquered it in His miracles during life was unable to triumph over it at last. He who called to Lazarus, ‘Lazarus, come forth!’ and the dead man lived– He was Himself a prey to nature and death. Nature appears to one, looking at this picture, as some huge, implacable, dumb mobster; or still better– a stranger simile– some enormous mechanical engine of modern days which has seized and crushed and swallowed up a great and invaluable Being, a Being worth nature and all her laws, worth the whole earth, which was perhaps created merely for the sake of the advent of that Being.”


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