Poet, O Artist, if thou but holdest up the mirror to Nature, thinkest thou Nature will rejoice in thy work ? Rather she will turn away her face. For what dost thou hold up to her there ? Herself ? No, but a lifeless outline and reflection, a shadowy mimicry. It is the secret soul of Nature thou hast to seize, thou hast to hunt eternally after the truth in the external symbol, and that no mirror will hold for thee, nor for her whom thou seekest.
-- Sri Aurobindo
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