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If, in my writing, I have quoted so often from Saint Paul, it may be because during boyhood I for a time nourished my soul, amid the prevailing wilderness of modern materialism, on devotional thoughts contained in his wonderful "Letters." Ibn Tufail's Awakening of the Soul fed me too, in those days; but the other man somehow kindled a greater awe and respect in me because in every letter I saw how he was spending himself to enlighten so many people over so wide an area--and perhaps also because he eventually spent out his life in the final dramatic experience of martyrdom.

-- Notebooks Category 12: Reflections > Chapter 3: Encounter With Destiny > # 141

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