μή φυναι τόν άπαντα νι- 

κα λογον

 

Not to be born is, past all prizing, best.

 

Sophocles Oedipus Coloneus l. 1225 (translation by R. C. Jebb)

Who is as he were not – 

            nay, as he had never been –

He has become pure God.

            O blessedness supreme!

 

Angelus Silesius, The Cherubinic Wanderer (1657), tr. Willard Trask. New York: Pantheon, 1953, p. 22.

Is God willing to prevent evil but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. 

Is he able but not willing? Then he is malevolent.

Is God both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?

Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?

 

Epicurus (341–270 BC)

The existence of evil cannot be denied, but one can deny that the existence of evil is evil. 

 

Fernando Pessoa. From The Book of Disquietude, tr. Richard Zenith. From A Centenary Pessoa ed. Eugénio Lisboa and LC Taylor. Manchester: Carcanet Press, 1995, p. 178.

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