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Author QuotedPlato
Title QuotedSymposium
Date (Year/Month/Day)1965/10/14
Quotation"When he comes toward the end he will suddenly perceive a beauty of wondrous natur"¦not fair in the likeness of face or hands or any other part of the bodily fram"¦but beauty absolute, separate, simple and everlasting"¦are you not certain that it will then be given him to become a friend of God?" Plato-Symposium. How little we think of the beauty of the Divine Light-and how drab life is in consequence. We do not let the beauty of earth remind us where we are to go. As a consequence, not even the earth is beautiful to us, or as beautiful as it might be.
Quotation SourceDancing in the Water of Life: Seeking Peace in the Hermitage. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 5, 1963-1965.; Edited by Robert E. Daggy. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1997, p. 303
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