Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end. It is the highest emblem in the cipher of the world.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Circles," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).

As a rule of thumb, when Emerson talks about the "eye" he is punning on the "I," that is, the self.
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