Quotation by Alain

Man himself is an enigma in motion; his questions never stay asked; whereas the mold, the footprint, and by natural extension, the statue itself, like the vaults, the arches, the temples with which man records his own passing, remain immobile and fix a moment of man's life, upon which one might endlessly meditate.
Alain [Emile-Auguste Chartier] (1868–1951), French philosopher. The Gods, introduction (1934, trans. 1988).
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