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I thought that as I had failed in the contemplation of true existence, I ought to be careful that I did not lose the eye of my soul; as people may injure their bodily eye by observing and gazing on the sun during an eclipse, unless they take the precaution of looking at the image reflected in the water, or in some similar medium. ...I was afraid that my soul might be blinded altogether if I looked at things with my eyes or tried by the help of my senses to apprehend them. And I thought that I had better had recourse to ideas, and seek in them truth in existence. I dare to say that the simile is not perfect--for I am far from admitting that he who contemplates existence through the medium of ideas, sees them only "through a glass darkly," any more than he who sees them in their working and effects.

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I thought that as I had failed in the contemplation of true existence I ought to be careful that I did not lose the eye of my soul as people may injure their bodily eye by observing and gazing on the sun during an eclipse unless they take the precaution of looking at the image reflected in the water or in some similar medium I was afraid that my soul might be blinded altogether if I looked at things with my eyes or tried by the help of my senses to apprehend them And I thought that I had better had recourse to ideas and seek in them truth in existence I dare to say that the simile is not perfect for I am far from admitting that he who contemplates existence through the medium of ideas sees them only "through a glass darkly " any more than he who sees them in their working and effects

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