“Dearest princess!” I replied, “I do not know what you are talking about. I am not luminous, and I never saw a luminous man. In our country nobody has a light of his own.”

“Alas!” said the princess, “what a fearful fate it must be to have no light, and to live in a country of perpetual darkness.”

Franz Hartmann, Among the Gnomes

Hermetic quote Hartmann Among the Gnomes to live in a country of perpetual darkness