„I while yet a youth wrote in a quite large volume three books of magical things, which I calledin which whatever was then erroneous because of my curious youth, now, more cautious, I wish to retract by this recantation, for formerly I spent much time and goods on these vanities.“

— Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim

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Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim
humanista, filósofo, teólogo, médico, alquimista e cabali... 1486 - 1535
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