Life is like a box of chocolates: a cheap, thoughtless, perfunctory gift that no one ever asks for. Unreturnable, because all you get back is another box of chocolates. So you’re stuck with this undefinable whiff- mint crap that you mindlessly wolf down until there’s nothing else to eat. Sure, once in a while there’s a peanut butter cup, english toffee, but they’re gone too fast, the taste is fleeting. So you end up with nothing but broken bits filled with hardened jelly and teeth-shattering nuts. If you’re desperate enough to eat those all you’ve got left is an empty box filled with useless brown paper wrappers.
The Cancer Man, X-Files, Episode “Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man” (Season 4)
The Codex Gigas (Giant Book), also known as the Devil’s Bible, is the largest extant medieval manuscript in the world. According to the Codex legend, the single scribe was a monk who breached his monastic code and was sentenced to be walled up alive with no chance of escape. There was only one way the monk could avoid his excruciating death, he promised to create a beautiful, and fascinating book to glorify the monastery forever; a book that would include all human knowledge. There was one catch, he was given only twenty-four hours to complete the task in and if the monk would complete the task, then be free to live.
Read about Codex Gigas: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codex_Gigas