Marginalia, no.91

Man has no Body distinct from his Soul; for that called Body is a portion of Soul discerned by the five Senses, the chief inlets of Soul in this age.

~ William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

A physiognomist’s dictum [now affirmed by science?] that’s led innumerable literature students to suspect themselves possessors of defective souls due to a weak chin or overlarge ears.  We can conveniently blame the ancient Greeks, since they let their adjective kalos serve for both beauty in appearance and nobility of spirit.  Inferences in the opposite direction were unavoidable.

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