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Nature extravagantly spends large fragments of time on outworking her high purpose; a million years to her are nothing remarkable. We poor mortals, however--being helpless prisoners in the captivity of time, whose tyrannous character we have yet to understand--are eager to see improvement and progress before the same day's sun has set. We need but to consider the enormous duration of the aeons which have straddled the globe since the first Lemurian lived and loved.

-- Notebooks Category 26: World-Idea > Chapter 4 : True Idea of Man > # 199