“The renowned salto mortale [lit. “deadly leap”] of the philosophers is often only a…”
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“The renowned salto mortale [lit. “deadly leap”] of the philosophers is often only a false alarm. In their thoughts they take a frightfully long approach run and then congratulate themselves on having braved the danger; but if one only looks a little more closely, they’re still sitting on the same old spot. It’s like Don Quixote’s flight on the wooden horse.”

Friedrich Schlegel, Athenaeum Fragments

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