Immortality of Word and Stone

Immortality of Word and Stone

I recently visited Athens, Greece, and was fortunate to visit both the National Archaeological Museum and the Epigraphic Museum. Seeing inscriptions on stone from the 8th century BC, as well as hundreds of statues of people long forgotten, left me thinking about the quest for eternity in an impermanent world.




“Immortality is a ridiculous illusion, an empty word, a butterfly net chasing the wind.”

-Milan Kundera, Immortality

“Immortality is but ubiquity in time.”

-Herman Melville, Moby Dick



“If you want immortality, then deny form. Whatever has form has mortality. Beyond form in the formless, the immortal.”

-Frank Herbert, God Emperor of Dune