To understand some living thing and to describe it,the student starts by ridding it of its spirit;he then holds all its parts within his handexcept, alas! for the spirit that bound them together.(Faust, verses 1936-1939)
In the tides of life, in action's storm,I surge and ebb,move to and fro!as cradle and grave,as unending sea,as constant change,as life's incandescence,I work at the whirring loom of timeand fashion the living garment of God.
(Faust I, verses 501-509)