Quotation by Elias Canetti

There is nothing that man fears more than the touch of the unknown. He wants to see what is reaching towards him, and to be able to recognize or at least classify it. Man always tends to avoid physical contact with anything strange.
Elias Canetti (b. 1905), Austrian novelist, philosopher. "The Fear of Being Touched," opening lines, Crowds And Power (1960, trans. 1962).
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