God (is) a circle whose centre is everywhere and circumference nowhere

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In metaphysics and in morals, the ancients have said everything

The most beautiful of all emblems is that of God, whom Timaeus of Locris describes under the image of “A circle whose centre is everywhere and circumference nowhere.” Plato adopted this emblem, and Pascal inserted it among his materials for future use, which he entitled his “Thoughts.”

In metaphysics and in morals, the ancients have said everything. We always encounter or repeat them. All modern books of this description are merely repetitions.

The farther we advance eastward, the more prevalent and established we find the employment of emblems and figures: but, at the same time, the images in use are more remote from our own manners and customs.

by Timaeus of Locris (circa 400 B.C.)
as quoted by Voltaire (21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778)
from Voltaire’s Philosophical Dictionary
chapter: Emblems
image – solarthermienator

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