Circles: Infinite Expansion, Infinite Comprehension

Man seeks unity only to escape from dissipating and confusing diversity. In order not to become lost in infinity, empty and unfruitful, he creates a single circle, visible at a glance from any point. In order to attach the image of the ultimate goal to every step forward he takes, he seeks to transform scattered knowledge and action into a close system, merely scholarship into scholarly Bildung, merely restless endeavor into judicious activity.

–Wilhelm von Humboldt

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Circles” (1841)


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