“A human being is part of the
whole called by us a universe,
a part limited in time and space.
He experiences himself,
his thoughts and his feelings,
as something separate from the rest,
a kind of optical delusion
of his consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us;
it restricts us to our personal decisions and our
affections to a few persons nearest to us.
Our task must be to free
ourselves from this prison by
widening our circle of
compassion to embrace
all living creatures and the
whole of nature of its beauty.”
(1879 - 1955)