Monas Hieroglyphica

“All bodies have edges in common with their shadows (something which Mathematicians know quite well). Similarly the wise realize that true bodies [of work] have diction [word choices], in speaking and writing, which are in common with their shadows. While the wiser philosophers enjoy the solid teachings and pleasant benefits of the bodies, the ignorant, foolhardy and presumptuous apes grasp at mere shadows, which are empty and worthless.”

John Dee of London