My journey through one of the best science fiction books ever wrote. Journey with me through the most memorable passages….

A Canticle for Leibowitz

Walter M. Miller Jr.

“The closer men came to perfecting for themselves a paradise, the more impatient they seemed to become with it, and with themselves as well. They made a garden of pleasure and became progressively more miserable with it as it grew in richness, it was easier for them to see that something was missing in the garden, some tree or shrub that would not grow.”

“Men must fumble awhile with error to separate it from truth, I think – as long as they don’t seize the error hungrily because it has a pleasanter taste.”

canticle

“Because a doubt is not a denial. Doubt is a powerful tool and it should be be applied to history.”

“What’s the truth, he asked quietly what’s to be believed? Or does it matter at all? When mass murders been answered with mass murder, rape with rape, hate with hate, there’s no longer much meaning in asking whose ax is the bloodiest. Evil, on evil, piled on evil.”

“To communicate a fact seemed always to lend it fuller existence.”

” To minimize suffering and to maximize security were natural and and proper ends of society. But then they became the only ends, somehow and the only basis of law – a perversion. Inevitably, then in seeking only them, we found only their opposites. Maximum suffering and minimum security.”

Advertisements