„God is the only being who need not even exist in order to reign.Whatever is created by the spirit is more alive than matter.“

<p>Dieu est le seul être qui, pour régner, n'ait même pas besoin d'exister.</p><p>Ce qui est créé par l’esprit est plus vivant que la matière.</p>
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Journaux intimes (1864–1867; published 1887), Fusées (1867)

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<p>Dieu est le seul être qui, pour régner, n'ait même pas besoin d'exister.</p><p>Ce qui est créé par l’esprit est plus vivant que la matière.</p>

Journaux intimes (1864–1867; published 1887), Fusées (1867)

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