‘truth is neither the child of nature nor of man’

“If the mind is merely a reflection of nature, then man is not simply the student, but the production of nature, he is just what nature makes him. On the other hand, if nature is but an induction of thought, it is nothing more than what we make it, a phantom we are at liberty to annihilate…I believe that truth is neither the child of nature nor of man. Truth exists by itself, but it is found in me as well as in nature…”

~ Victor Cousin “The Philosophy of the Beautiful”