„And with animals, if we approach them in a rational way we shall find a trace of the intelligible in them which is a not unworthy imitation of what is above reason. For if we look at those beings that naturally care for their offspring, we are encouraged to define for ourselves reverently and with godly boldness that God exercises providence in his sovereign uniqueness over all beings.“
— Maximus the Confessor
Ambiguum 10, 1189B-C; trans. , Maximus the Confessor (Routledge, 1996) [https://books.google.it/books?id=G3ymSgAnzlMC&pg=PA144 pp. 144]-145.