To become wise, they would have to learn the true meaning of their own doctrines, symbols, and books, of which they at present merely know the outward form and the dead letter. They would have to form a much higher and nobler conception of God than to invest Him with the attributes of semi-animal man.
“This,” I said, “is contrary to all the doctrines of our science, which teaches that we can see nothing whatever unless it has a shape of some kind.”
“The eye of science sees only the outward form,” answered Adalga; “but the eye of wisdom sees the reality itself.”
Franz Hartmann, Among the Gnomes