What a wonderful phenomenon it is, carefully considered, when the human eye, that jewel of organic structures, concentrates its moist brilliance on another human creature!
(Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull, Fischer (1954). Felix Krull, in Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man, bk. 2, ch. 4, p. 79, trans. by Denver Lindley, Vintage Books (1955).)