Balzac, Honoré de - Louis Lambert - On inspiration and intuition
Type of Spiritual Experience
Taine – Introduction to Louis Lambert 1889
His instrument was intuition, that dangerous and superior faculty by which man imagines or discovers in an isolated fact all the possibilities of which it is capable; a kind of second sight proper to prophets and somnambules............. .
A description of the experience
Balzac, Honoré de - Louis Lambert. Roberts Bros., Boston, 1889
Balzac tells us of himself, under the name of "Louis Lambert:"
Though naturally religious, he did not share in the minute observances of the Roman Church; his ideas were more particularly in sympathy with those of St. Theresa, Fénelon, several of the fathers and a few saints, who would be treated in our day as heretics.
He was unmoved during the church services. Prayer, with him, proceeded from an impulse, a movement, an elevation of the spirit, which followed no regular course; in all things he gave himself up to nature, and would neither pray nor think at settled periods …………………………The limit which most brains attain was the point of departure from which his was one day to start in search of new regions of intelligence ... .