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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
 
From Enneads

Plotinus (c. 204/5–270)
 
FOR 1 the absolute good is the cause and source of all beauty, just as the sun is the source of all daylight, and it cannot therefore be spoken or written; yet we speak and write of it, in order to start and escort ourselves on the way, and arouse our minds to the vision: like as when one showeth a pilgrim on his way to some shrine that he would visit: for the teaching is only of whither and how to go, the vision itself is the work of him who hath willed to see.  1
 
Note 1. Plotinus. Enn. vi. 9, § 4. This is a paraphrase. [Trans. R. Bridges.] [back]
 
 
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