Quotation by Samuel Butler

Perfect present has no existence in our consciousness. As I said years ago in Erewhon, it lives but upon the sufferance of past and future. We are like men standing on a narrow footbridge over a railway. We can watch the future hurrying like an express train towards us, and then hurrying into the past, but in the narrow strip of present we cannot see it. Strange that that which is the most essential to our consciousness should be exactly that of which we are least definitely conscious.
Samuel Butler (1835–1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 300, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
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