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Introduction to Metaphysics
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All the translations of a poem in all possible languages may add nuance to nuance and, by a kind of mutual retouching, by correcting one another, may give an increasingly faithful picture of the poem they translate, yet they will never give the inner meaning of the original.
I cannot escape the objection that there is no state of mind, however simple, that does not change every moment.
Is it astonishing that, like children trying to catch smoke by closing their hands, philosophers so often see the object they would grasp fly before them?
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The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat. It is a colossal scavenger slang and has no respect. Is it a terrible thing to be lonely?
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