"The underlying message [of mysteries] is that no matter how difficult problems are in life –– in your own or in the life of a country or society –– in the end they can always be solved, not by divine intervention or good luck, but by human intelligence, human courage, human perseverance." –– P. D. James (1920-2014), British novelist
Source: 2010 interview with Elizabeth Renzetti (Renzetti, Elizabeth. "P. D. James was obsessed with death, but her life was well and heroically lived." Globe & Mail, Saturday November 29, 2014, p. A2) via my book of commonplace.