Finished a re-read of a Culture novel over the weekend. I'm a big fan of the Culture novels by Iain M. Banks and will post a review of the book here when time permits, but for now here is a quote from Look to Windward, which I originally posted in 2013:
We always want more, he thought, we always take our past successes
for granted and assume they but point the way to future triumphs. But
the universe does not have our own best interests at heart, and to
assume for a moment that it does, ever did or ever might is to make the
most calamitous and hubristic of mistakes.
In my opinion Look to Windward was not one of the better Culture novels. YMMV.