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Quotation by Denis Diderot
We are all instruments endowed with feeling and memory. Our senses are so many strings that are struck by surrounding objects and that also frequently strike themselves.
Denis Diderot (1713–84), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). "Conversation Between D'Alembert and Diderot," D'Alembert's Dream (written 1769, published 1830).
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