‘The whole business of our redemption is, in short, only to rub over the defaced copy of the creation, to reprint God’s image upon the soul, and, as it were, to set forth nature in a second and fairer edition; the recovery of which lost image, as it is God’s pleasure to command, and our duty to endeavour, so it is in His power only to effect; to whom he rendered and ascribed, as is most due, all praise, might, majesty and dominion, both now and forever more. Amen.’
Robert South, Sermons Preached upon Several Occasions, 1679.
‘Writing is the creature’s revenge, and his answer to a botched creation.’
Emil Cioran, Anathemas and Admirations.