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Herz 14


35. Most difficult of all is for men to reconcile the highest ecstasy of the spirit with inexhaustible activity. For success, exertion of the mind is necessary, but in every activity a certain supply must be preserved. An exhausted act loses the beauty and magnetism of persuasion. A singer who has exhausted the supply of the voice arouses pity above all.

The manifestation of extreme strain of the spirit must not show itself in desperate deeds, otherwise the inner energy will be absorbed in a deed alien to the spirit. One must permanently recognise this law in order not to turn into a windmill. I suggest gathering all the powers of the mind so as not to fragment oneself by unbridled deeds.