Johann Kaspar Lavater Quote
The greatest of characters, no doubt, would be he, who, free of all trifling accidental helps, could see objects through one grand immutable medium, always at hand, and proof against illusion and time, reflecting every object in its true shape and colour through all the fluctuation of things.
Aphorisms on man [tr. by J.H. Füssli]. (ed. 1789)