„No one who is not utterly blind can fail to see that God gathered all the beauty of which the whole world is capable of in woman.“

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