„The rational soul in a certain manner possesses the excellence of infinity and eternity. If this were not the case, it would never characteristically incline toward the infinite. Undoubtedly this is the reason that there are none among men who live contentedly on earth and are satisfied with merely temporal possessions.“

—  Marsilio Ficino, p. 202
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—  John Dryden English poet and playwright of the XVIIth century 1631 - 1700
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