Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Quote of the Day (Christopher Marlowe, on the Mistaken Belief That ‘A Sound Magician is a Mighty God’)

“O, what a world of profit and delight,
Of power, of honour, of omnipotence,
Is promis'd to the studious artizan!
All things that move between the quiet poles
Shall be at my command: emperors and kings
Are but obeyed in their several provinces,
Nor can they raise the wind, or rend the clouds;
But his dominion that exceeds in this,
Stretcheth as far as doth the mind of man;
A sound magician is a mighty god:
Here, Faustus, tire thy brains to gain a deity.”—English playwright-poet Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593), Doctor Faustus (ca.  1589-1592)

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