What is the value of subduing the earth, the water, the air, of conquering space and time, of understanding what laws govern the mirages that rise from the burning deserts of the mind, their appearance and reappearance?
I have one longing only:
to grasp what is hidden behind appearances,
to ferret out that mystery which brings me to birth and then kills me,
to discover if behind the visible and unceasing stream of the world
an invisible and immutable presence is hiding.