Augustine called human beings “a great deep” (grande profundum), and if we mean anything at all by the word “Being,” it is that Being is a great deep:
"If by ‘abyss’ we understand a great depth, is not man’s heart an abyss? For what is there more profound than that abyss? Man may speak, may be seen by the operations of their members, may be heard speaking: but whose thought is penetrated, whose heart is seen into? Do you not believe that there is in man a deep so profound as to be hidden even to him in whom it is?"
from On Presence, Variations and Reflections, Ralph Harper, Trinity Press
Note: For many years, I kept a collection of quotations from things I was reading that I wanted to remember and think about. Like the journals I kept for years and years, the quotation collection has languished since I started this blog. But the other day I went back to it and looked through and decided there were a lot worth re-reading and maybe sharing (with a very humble nod to whiskey river, whose collection and sensibility regarding quotations exceeds anyone's) so from time to time I'll post one here, under the category of "They Said".