The Eternal Feminine
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That which draws us by its mystic force, that which every created thingâ€¦feels with absolute certainty at the very center of its being, that which Goethe hereâ€”again using an imageâ€”calls the Eternal Feminineâ€”that is to say, the resting-place, the goal, as opposed to striving and struggling toward the goal (the eternal masculine)â€”that is the force of love, and you are right to call it by that name.
– Mahler in a letter to his wife, 1909art music