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Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson
My companion assumes to know my mood and habit of thought, and we go on from explanation to explanation, until all is said that words can, and we leave matters just as they were at first, because of that vicious assumption.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Nominalist and Realist," Essays, Second Series (1844).
With his emphasis on the boundaries of explanation and the limits of language, Emerson strikes a distinctly Wittgensteinian tone here.
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