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“Do you really believe that the sciences would ever have originated and grown if the way had not been prepared by magician, alchemists, astrologers and witches whose promises and pretensions first had to create a thirst, a hunger, a taste, for hidden and forbidden powers? Indeed, infinitely more had to be promised than could ever be fulfilled in order that anything at all might be fulfilled in the realms of knowledge.”

~ Nietzsche, The Gay Science

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