I’m off for a few days now, so I’ll leave you with a thought from Chapter IV of Nietzsche’s “Beyond Good and Evil”:-

146. He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.

The little-mentioned thing about this well-known quotation is that the sayings around it are primarily to do with women: so what is Woman to Nietzsche, a monster or an abyss? And is he advising us not fight with or gaze into Her, lest we become Her or She meets our gaze?

The Voynich Manuscript is no monster to fight with: and it is only an abyss for those who are trying to read Hungarian with a French dictionary. Now look to your bookshelf!


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