Bedenke nur, daß der Geist der Schlange, des Löwen, dein Geist ist. Denn nur von dir her kennst du überhaupt den Geist.
Only remember that the spirit of the snake, of the lion, is your spirit. For it is only from yourself that you are acquainted with spirit at all.
(Wittgenstein´s journals, 15 October 1916)
Wenn ein Löwe sprechen könnte, wir könnten ihn nicht verstehn.
If a lion could talk, we could not understand him.
(Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations)
The greatest of the cabalists here was Isaac Luria (1534 – 1572), a native Palestinian of Italian-German origin. His followers, who looked on him as almost superhuman, called him the Ari, the “Lion”. The initials ARI stand for Ashkenazi Rabbi Isaac, the German Rabbi Isaac.
(The Jew in the Medieval World, Marcus and Saperstein)