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Quotation by Rémy De Gourmont
The human mind is so complex and things are so tangled up with each other that, to explain a blade of straw, one would have to take to pieces an entire universe.... A definition is a sack of flour compressed into a thimble.
Rémy De Gourmont (1858–1915), French critic, novelist. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. and trans. by Glen S. Burne (1966). "Glory and the Idea of Immortality," sct. 1, Le Chemin de Velours (1902).
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