Quotation by Walter Pater

For us necessity is not as of old an image without us, with whom we can do warfare; it is a magic web woven through and through us, like that magnetic system of which modern science speaks, penetrating us with a network subtler than our subtlest nerves, yet bearing in it the central forces of the world.
Walter Pater (1839–1894), British writer, educator. originally published in Westminster Review (Jan. 1867). "Winckelmann," p. 205, repr. In Studies in the History of the Renaissance, Macmillan (1873).
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