„The natural gravitation of the body pulls down with it those of little mind, strangling and overwhelming them with the multitude of the fleshly elements. Blessed are they to whom it is given to resist with superior strength the weight that would pull them down, taught by the guiding lines of right instruction to leap upward from earth and earth-bound things into the ether and the revolving heavens.“

79.
On the Special Laws

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Quelle: That Hideous Strength (1945), Ch. 13 : They Have Pulled Down Deep Heaven on Their Heads

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„To live on the earth is to become part of it
To strike down roots that won't pull free“

—  Ataol Behramoğlu Turkish writer 1942

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One can look for hours at the sea, at a bird, at a child
Living on this world is being one with it
Growing unbreakable roots into it
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Kontext: A person can gaze at the sky for hours
Can gaze for hours at a bird, a child, the sea
To live on the earth is to become part of it
To strike down roots that won't pull free

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„Of the bodies in the cosmos, some imitate mind and move in orbits; some imitate soul and move in a straight line, fire and air upward, earth and water downward.“

—  Sallustius Roman philosopher and writer

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„There are two ways of exerting one's strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.“

—  Booker T. Washington African-American educator, author, orator, and advisor 1856 - 1915

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„I used to measure the heavens, now I measure the shadows of Earth.
Although my mind was heaven-bound, the shadow of my body lies here.“

—  Johannes Kepler German mathematician, astronomer and astrologer 1571 - 1630

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Unsourced variant: I used to measure the Heavens, now I measure the shadows of Earth. The mind belonged to Heaven, the body's shadow lies here.

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„Thou blessed season of our spring,
When hopes are angels on the wing;
Bound upwards to their heavenly shore,
Alas! to visit earth no more.“

—  Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838

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