Quotation by William Gass

So if hunger provokes wailing and wailing brings the breast; if the breast permits sucking and milk suggests its swallow; if swallowing issues in sleep and stomachy comfort, then need, ache, message, object, act, and satisfaction are soon associated like charms on a chain; shortly our wants begin to envision the things which well reduce them, and the organism is finally said to wish.
William Gass (b. 1924), U.S. fictionist, essayist, philosopher. Review of Freud and His Followers by Paul Roazen, and Social Amnesia by Russell Jacoby; published as "The Anatomy of Mind" and "The Scientific Psychol." "The Anatomy of Mind," p. 228, The World Within the Word.
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