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Single Idea 19592

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / A. Speculations on Nature / 4. Mathematical Nature]

Full Idea

Musical relations seem to me to be actually the basic relations of nature.

Gist of Idea

The basic relations of nature are musical


Novalis (Last Fragments [1800], 10)

Book Reference

Novalis: 'Philosophical Writings', ed/tr. Stoljar,M.M. [SUNY 1997], p.154

A Reaction

Novalis shows no signs of being a pythagorean, and then suddenly comes out with this. I suppose if you love music, this thought should float into your mind at regular intervals, because the power of music is so strong. Does he mean ratios?