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I cannot grasp all that I am
Man is a plant which bears thoughts, just as a rose-tree bears roses and an apple-tree bears apples.
— Antoine Fabre D'Olivet
Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
— Walt Whitman, Song of Myself
Man is a masterpiece of creation, if only because no amount of determinism can prevent him from believing that he acts as a free being.
— Georg C. Lichtenberg
As for men, those myriad little detached ponds with their own swarming corpuscular life, what were they but a way that water has of going about beyond the reach of rivers?
— Loren Eiseley, The Flow of the River.