Quotation by E.T.A.W. Hoffmann

There is an inner world; and a spiritual faculty of discerning it with absolute clearness, nay, with the most minute and brilliant distinctness. But it is part of our earthly lot that it is the outer world, in which we are encased, which is the lever that brings that spiritual faculty into play.
E.T.A.W. (Ernst Theodor Amadeus Wilhelm) Hoffmann (1776–1822), German author, composer. The Serapion Brethren. By Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann, vol. I, sect. 1, p. 51, trans. by Alexander Ewing, George Bell and Sons (1908).

Lothair to his fellow Serapion Brethren, about the relation between fantasy and reality, and the inability of the insane to accept the distinction.
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