Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Goethe on Science, excerpts






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Science of nature has one goal:
To find both manyness and whole.
Nothing 'inside' or 'Out There,'
The 'outer' world is all 'In Here.'
This mystery grasp without delay,
This secret always on display.
The true illusion celebrate,
Be joyful in the serious game!
No living thing lives separate:
One and Many are the same.
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We can never directly see

what is true, that is, identical with
what is divine: we look at it
only in reflection, in example,
in the symbol, in individual
and related phenomena.
We perceive it as a life
beyond our grasp,
yet we cannot deny
our need to grasp it.
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The highest achievement of the human being
as a thinking being is to
have probed what is
knowable and quietly to
revere what is unknowable.

–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(1749 - 1832)



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