„Two meanings have our lightest fantasies, —
One of the flesh, and of the spirit one.“

—  James Russell Lowell, Sonnet XXXIV
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„In each individual the spirit has become flesh, in each man the creation suffers, within each one a redeemer is nailed to the cross.“

—  Hermann Hesse German writer 1877 - 1962
Context: Novelists when they write novels tend to take an almost godlike attitude toward their subject, pretending to a total comprehension of the story, a man's life, which they can therefore recount as God Himself might, nothing standing between them and the naked truth, the entire story meaningful in every detail. I am as little able to do this as the novelist is, even though my story is more important to me than any novelist's is to him — for this is my story; it is the story of a man, not of an invented, or possible, or idealized, or otherwise absent figure, but of a unique being of flesh and blood. Yet, what a real living human being is made of seems to be less understood today than at any time before, and men — each one of whom represents a unique and valuable experiment on the part of nature — are therefore shot wholesale nowadays. If we were not something more than unique human beings, if each one of us could really be done away with once and for all by a single bullet, story telling would lose all purpose. But every man is more than just himself; he also represents the unique, the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world's phenomena intersect, only once in this way and never again. That is why every man's story is important, eternal, sacred; that is why every man, as long as he lives and fulfills the will of nature, is wondrous, and worthy of every consideration. In each individual the spirit has become flesh, in each man the creation suffers, within each one a redeemer is nailed to the cross. Few people nowadays know what man is. Many sense this ignorance and die the more easily because of it, the same way that I will die more easily once I have completed this story. p. 9. Prologue

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„It is equally fatal for the spirit to have a system and to have none. One must thus decide to join the two.“

—  Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel German poet, critic and scholar 1772 - 1829
As quoted in Divine Madness : On Interpreting Literature, Music, and The Visual Arts Ironically (2002) by Lars Elleström, p. 50 Variant translations, of the paradoxical statement which begins in German with Es ist gleich tödlich für den Geist, ein System zu haben, und keins zu haben.: It is equally fatal for the spirit, to have a system and not to have. The Innovations of Idealism (2003) by Rüdiger Bubner, p. 193 It is equally fatal for the spirit to have a system and to have none. It will simply have to decide to combine the two. As quoted in Friedrich Schlegel and the Emergence of Romantic Philosophy (2007) by Elizabeth Millán-Zaibert, p. 203 It is equally fatal for the spirit to have a system, and to have none. So the spirit must indeed resolve to combine the two. As quoted in Hegel : Lectures on the History of Philosophy 1825-6 : Volume I, (2009) by Robert F. Brown, footnote, p. 59

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„The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.“

—  William Tyndale Bible translator and agitator from England 1494 - 1536
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„I walk as one unclothed of flesh,
I wash my spirit clean;
I see old miracles afresh,
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—  Francis William Bourdillon British poet 1852 - 1921
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