"he wanted to know the world"
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Hermes Trismegistus
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This desire to gain knowledge of the natural world and thus one’s own nature echoes the teachings of Hermes Trimegistus, which have long served as inspiration for students of alchemy:

‘He who gets knowledge is good and pious; he is already divine...’   Libellus X, Corpus Hermeticism