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    Possession, it is true, crowns exertion with rest; but it is only in the illusions of fancy that it has power to charm us.
    —Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt (1767–1835)

    The sensual and spiritual are linked together by a mysterious bond, sensed by our emotions, though hidden from our eyes. To this double nature of the visible and invisible world—to the profound longing for the latter, coupled with the feeling of the sweet necessity for the former, we owe all sound and logical systems of philosophy, truly based on the immutable principles of our nature, just as from the same source arise the most senseless enthusiasms.
    —Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt (1767–1835)

    One is never satisfied with a portrait of persons whom one knows. That is why I have always pitied portraitists. One demands so seldom of others the impossible, but demands just that of the portraitists.
    —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749–1832)

    a big picture of K. Marx with an axe,
    “Where I cut off one it will never grow again.”
    O Karl would it were true
    I’d put my saw to work for you
    & the wicked social tree would fall right down.
    Gary Snyder (b. 1930)

    The heart-throb for the welfare of humanity therefore passes into the ravings of an insane self-conceit, into the fury of consciousness to preserve itself from destruction; and it does this by expelling from itself the perversion which it is itself, and by striving to look on it and express it as something else.
    —Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770–1831)