But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete … [Read More...]
“I was continuing to shrink. To become, what? The infinitesimal? What was I? Still a human being, or was I the man of the future?… So close, the infinitesimal and the infinite, but suddenly I knew they were really the two ends of the same concept. The unbelievably small and the unbelievably vast eventually meet, like the closing of a gigantic circle.”
“I looked up, as if somehow I would grasp the heavens. The universe, worlds beyond number, God’s silver tapestry spread across the night. And in that moment I knew the answer to the riddle of the infinite. I had thought in terms of man’s own limited dimension. I had presumed upon nature. That existence begins and ends is man’s conception, not nature’s, and I felt my body dwindling, melting, becoming nothing.”
“My fears melted away and in their place came acceptance. All this vast majesty of creation-it had to mean something. And then I meant something, too. Yes, smaller than the smallest-I meant something, too. To God, there is no zero. I still exist.”
— ATTRIBUTION: Friedrich Durrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist, Jack Arnold, and Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995)., Romulus the Great, act I (1956). Also spoken by Robert Scott Carey (Grant Williams) at the conclusion of Romulus the Great, act I (1956). Also spoken by Robert Scott Carey (Grant Williams) at the conclusion of The Incredible Shrinking Man (1956).