Quotation by Gérard De Nerval

How have I been able to live so long outside Nature without identifying myself with it? Everything lives, moves, everything corresponds; the magnetic rays, emanating either from myself or from others, cross the limitless chain of created things unimpeded; it is a transparent network that covers the world, and its slender threads communicate themselves by degrees to the planets and stars. Captive now upon earth, I commune with the chorus of the stars who share in my joys and sorrows.
Gérard De Nerval (1808–1855), French novelist, poet. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. and trans. by Geoffrey Wagner (1958). Aurélia, pt. 2, ch. 6 (1855).
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