Two Distant Worlds?

There is nothing in mere scholarship. The object of study is to find means of knowing God and realizing Him. A holy man had a book. When asked what it contained, he opened it and showed that on all the pages were written the words ‘Om Rama,’ and nothing else.
–M., The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, 104

To read Shakespeare is to be in contact with a verbal medium of unequaled richness and exactitude; with a mode of statement which does not, as in ordinary men, limit itself to a conventional, fixed pattern of significance, but persistently employs a multiple, creative energy of thought and feeling. We speak as if words were a piano score; Shakespeare’s is the full orchestration. 
–George Steiner, Language and Silence: Essays on Language, Literature, and the Inhuman, 207

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