27 03 2008


Hence it happens that the passion of a lover is not extinguished by the sight or touch of any body. For he does not desire this or that body, but he admires, desires, and is amazed by the splendor of the celestial majesty shining through bodies. For this reason, lovers do not know what they desire or seek, for they do not know God Himself, whose secret flavor infuses a certain sweet perfume into His works. By which perfume we are excited every day. The odor we certainly smell; the flavor we undoubtedly do not know. Since, therefore, attracted by the manifest perfume, we desire the hidden flavor, we rightly do not know what we are desiring or suffering.

-Marsilio Ficino, Commentary on Plato’s Symposium on Love