The loneliness of God

The central idea of the great part of the Old Testament may be called the idea of the loneliness of God.

(Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Poor Old Shakespeare. The Book of Job, in On Lying in Bed and other Essays, Bayeux Arts, Calgary, 2000, p. 172)

Loneliness is the first thing which God’s eye named not good.

(John Milton, Tetrachordon. Expositions upon the four chief Places in Scripture which treat of Marriage, or Nullities in Marriage in The Prose Works of John Milton: with a Biographical Introduction by Rufus Wilmot Griswold, Philadelphia, 1850, p. 292)

It is a frightful poetical creed that the cultivation of the brain eats out the heart. But it’s my prose opinion that in most cases, in those men who have fine brains and work them well, the heart extends down to the hams. And though you smoke them with the fire of tribulation, yet, like veritable hams, the head only gives the richer and the better flavor. I stand for the heart. To the dogs with the head! I had rather be a fool with a heart, than Jupiter Olympus with his head. The reason the mass of men fear God, and at buttom dislike Him, is because they rather distrust His heart, and fancy Him all brain like a watch.

(Herman Melville, Correspondence, Editor of this volume Lynn Horth, The Writings of Herman Melville, The Northwestern-Newberry Edition, 1993, p. 192)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: