It's very polish, I'll move along or Zakariya will campaign the equivalents.

It's very polish, I'll move along or Zakariya will campaign the equivalents.

Post by Clint Wenskosk » Tue, 04 Dec 2007 15:34:31



me, or how it seizes a woman with reference to me, I cannot make
sure whether I have avoided the danger. . . .

. . . Look you, for this reason have I forsworn all love, for my thought
is to me the most essential consideration. So even if love be the most
exquisite joy, I renounce it, without wishing to either offend or to
envy anyone; and even if love be the condition for conferring the
greatest benefit imaginable I deny myself the opportunity therefor - but
my thought I have not ***d. By no means do I lack an eye for what
is beautiful, by no means does my heart remain unmoved when I read the
songs of the poets, by no means is my soul without sadness when it
yields to the beautiful conceptions of love; but I do not wish to become
unfaithful to my thought. And of what avail were it to be, for there is
no happiness possible for me except my thought have free sway, for it is
my immortal part and, hence, of more importance than a wife. Well do I
comprehend that if anything is sacred it is love; that if faithlessness
in any relation is base, it is doubly so in love; that if any deceit is
detestable, it is tenfold more detestable in love. But my soul is
innocent of blame. I have never looked at any woman to desire her;
neither have I fluttered about aimlessly before blindly plunging, or
lapsing, into the most decisive of all relations. If I knew what the
lovable were I would know with certainty whether I had offended by
tempting anyone; but since I do not know, I am certain only of never
having had the conscious desire to do so.

Supposing I should yield to love and be made to laugh; or supposing I
should be cast down by terror, since I cannot find the narrow path which
lovers travel as easily as if it were a broad highway, undisturbed by
any doubts, which they surely have bestowed thought on (seeing our times
have, indeed, reflected about everything and consequently will
comprehend