A Reflection


"Today, while I was out walking over the heath, I was thinking about Shelley’s belief that Truth, Beauty, Love, Delight and Hope are the eternal qualities in the universe. Hitherto, I have accepted this statement without thinking much about it but, today, I suddenly realised how true it is.

Although we cannot know what Truth itself is, we believe that the laws of Nature are true, whether we are familiar with them or not, and that they are eternal. Similarly, although we cannot know what Beauty is, we believe that there will always be the beauty of Nature. Neither do we know what Love, Delight and Hope really are. Perhaps Love is essentially the instinctive response of all living things?'

G.L.S., 23rd August 1943