Truth is within ourselves, it takes no rise from outward things;

whate’er you may believe there is an inmost center in us all where truth abides in fullness;

and around, wall upon wall,

the gross flesh hems it in, this perfect, clear perception which is Truth.

A baffling and perverting carnal mesh.

Binds it and makes all error;

and to know rather consists in opening out a way whence the imprisoned splendor may escape

than in effecting entry for a light supposed to be without.

–Robert Browning, from “Paracelsus”

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