John Henry Newman: The night is dark, and I am far from home
Shakespeare on death: A man can die but once

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov: The hand held before the eye


As the hand held before the eye conceals the greatest mountain, so the little earthly life hides from the glance the enormous lights and mysteries of which the earth is full, and he who can draw it away from before his eyes, as one draws away a hand, beholds the great shining of the inner worlds.

              --Rabbi Nachman (1772-1810) of Breslov, Ukraine; quoted [as Rabbi Nachman of Bratislava] by Erich Neumann, in Art and the Creative Unconscious (1959), (p. 106); his citation is from Martin Buber, Die chassidischen Bücher, p. 32


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