ghosts and scattered limbs of reading, excisions and marginalia.
In this book it is spoken of the Sephiroth and the Paths; of Spirits and Conjurations; of Gods, Spheres, Planes, and many other things which may or may not exist.
It is immaterial whether these exist or not. By doing certain things certain results will follow; students are most earnestly warned against attributing objective reality or philosophic validity to any of them.
3. The advantages to be gained from them are chiefly these:
(“a”) A widening of the horizon of the mind.
(“b”) An improvement of the control of the mind.
It is important to read and re-read the diagram in order not to have to turn back to it every time I speak of the various epochs and periods.
Those who are unwilling to devote a quarter of an hour to studying these tables and comparing the four phases and the thirty-two social metamorphoses with the epochs of the eighteen creations and the northern crown should shut the book rather than continue reading something which will constantly present them with obscurities, although to anybody who has studied these tables of Social Movement they will be quite intelligible. Charles Fourier, The Theory of the Four Movements and of the General Destinies (1808)
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I have in my translations tried to bring over the qualities of Guido’s rhythm, not line for line, but to embody in the whole of my English some trace of that power which implies the man. The science of the music of words and the knowledge of their magical powers has fallen away since men invoked Mithra by a sequence of pure vowel sounds. That there might be less interposed between the reader and Guido, it was my first intention to print only his poems and an unrhymed gloss. This has not been practicable. I cannot trust the reader to read the Italian for the music after he has read the English for the sense. Ezra Pound, Introduction to Translations of the Poems of Guido Cavalconti (1910)