by devinking

After a bit of a slog through the first 150 pages of Opera and Drama, the book starts paying off:

“Just as the eye can only take up farther-lying objects in a proportionally diminished scale, so also the human brain–the inner starting point of the eye, and that to whose activity, conditioned by the whole internal organism, the eye imparts the shows which it has gathered from without–can only grasp them in the diminished scale of the human individuality.