October 26, 2010

See but touch not

A hundred times I have been on the verge of embracing her. God! What a torture it is to see so much loveliness before us, and yet not dare to touch it! And touching with our hands is the most natural of human instincts. Do not children touch everything they see? And I?

Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther, October 30, Book II
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