Saturday, February 6, 2010
The Laughter of the Gods
"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods." -- Albert Einstein, mathematician, 1953
The gods laugh at universal gravitation and General Relativity.
"He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision." -- Psalm 2:4
"The LORD shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming." -- Psalm 37:13
"But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision." -- Psalm 59:8
"I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;" -- Proverbs 1:26
"But among the blessed immortals uncontrollable laughter
went up as they saw Hephaistos bustling about the palace."
-- Homeros, poet, Iliad, Book I: 599-600, 8th century B.C.
"Uncontrollable laughter broke out among the blessed gods...."
-- Homeros, poet, Odyssey, Book VIII: 326, 8th century B.C.
"The gods too are fond of a joke." -- Aristotle, philosopher, 350 B.C.
"And to their foes a laughter; for in view
Stood ranked of Seraphim another row ...."
-- John Milton, poet, Paradise Lost, Book VI, 1667
"Jupiter only smiles, the other gods laugh out." -- Alexander Pope, poet, Iliad, 1718