Monday, December 30, 2019

A God Within

The Greeks understood the mysterious power of the hidden side of things.  They bequeathed to us one of the most beautiful words in our language -- the word "enthusiasm" -- en theos [Εν Θεος] -- a god within.  The grandeur of human actions is measured by the inspiration from which they spring.  Happy is he who bears a god within and obeys it.

-- Louis Pasteur (1822 - 1895), French microbiologist, chemist, pioneer of the "Germ theory of disease", discoverer of molecular asymmetry and stereo-chemistry, and inventor of the process of Pasteurization, as quoted in The Ghost in the Machine (1967) by Arthur Koestler, p. 220

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