Quotation by William James

The mind, in short, works on the data it receives very much as a sculptor works on his block of stone. In a sense the statue stood there from eternity. But there were a thousand different ones beside it, and the sculptor alone is to thank for having extricated this one from the rest.
William James (1842–1910), U.S. psychologist, philosopher. Principles of Psychology, ch. 9 (1890).
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