Quotation by John Dos Passos

It is part of the nature of consciousness, of how the mental apparatus works, that free reason is only a very occasional function of people's "thinking" and that much of the process is made of reactions as standardized as those of the keys on a typewriter.
John Dos Passos (1896–1970), U.S. novelist, poet, playwright, painter. The Ground We Stand On: Some Examples From the History of a Political Creed, sec. III, "On the White Porch of the Republic," ch. 3, "A Portico Facing the Wilderness," Harcourt, Brace and Company (1941).
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