Quotation by Henri Bergson

The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect was already in the cause.
Henri Bergson (1859–1941), French philosopher. Creative Evolution, ch. 1, sct.1 (1907).

Spinoza had earlier observed, in Ethics, pt. 1 (1677), "The knowledge of effect depends on the knowledge of cause, and involves the same."
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