Quotation by Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt

The sensual and spiritual are linked together by a mysterious bond, sensed by our emotions, though hidden from our eyes. To this double nature of the visible and invisible world—to the profound longing for the latter, coupled with the feeling of the sweet necessity for the former, we owe all sound and logical systems of philosophy, truly based on the immutable principles of our nature, just as from the same source arise the most senseless enthusiasms.
Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt (1767–1835), German statesman, philologist. The Limits of State Action, ch. 8 (1792, repr. 1854), trans. and ed. J.W. Burrow (1969).
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