„Our souls sit close and silently within,
And their own web from their own entrails spin;
And when eyes meet far off, our sense is such,
That, spider-like, we feel the tenderest touch.“

—  John Dryden, Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919), Mariage à la Mode, Act ii, scene 1.
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„Much like a subtle spider which doth sit
In middle of her web, which spreadeth wide;
If aught do touch the utmost thread of it,
She feels it instantly on every side.“

—  John Davies (poet) English poet, lawyer, and politician, born 1569 1569 - 1626
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„Each of our senses makes its own space, but no sense can function in isolation. Only as sight relates the touch, or kinaesthesia, or sound, can the eye see.“

—  Marshall McLuhan Canadian educator, philosopher, and scholar-- a professor of English literature, a literary critic, and a communicatio… 1911 - 1980
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„In a sense, we have become our own gods.“

—  Julian Jaynes, buch The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind
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„If we yield now to the TUC we shall never be able to call our bodies or souls or intelligences our own.“

—  Ramsay MacDonald British statesman; prime minister of the United Kingdom 1866 - 1937
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„Our own power of generation lies in the rebirth of what has been handed down to us. If we do not wish to slip back, nothing must be forgotten; but if philosophising is to be genuine our thoughts must arise from our own source. Hence all appropriation of tradition proceeds from the intentness of our own life. The more determinedly I exist, as myself, within the conditions of the time, the more clearly I shall hear the language of the past, the nearer I shall feel the glow of its life.“

—  Karl Jaspers German psychiatrist and philosopher 1883 - 1969
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—  Rabindranath Tagore Bengali polymath 1861 - 1941
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