For the sage, every star, every flower, is metaphysically a proof
of the Infinite.
the Middle Ages there were still only two or three types of greatness:
the saint and the hero, and also the sage; and then on a lesser
scale and as it were by reflection, the pontiff and the prince;
as for the genius and the artist, those
glories of the Lay universe, their like was not yet born.
and heroes are like the appearance of stars on earth; they rescind
after their death to the firmament, to their eternal home; they
are almost pure symbols, spiritual signs only provisionally detached
from the celestial iconostasis in which they have been enshrined
since the creation of the world.