Innoncence personified

“The perception of other people and the intersubjective world is problematic only for adults. The child lives in a world which he believes accessible to all around him. He speaks to you without hesitation because he has no doubt you see what he sees. He has no awareness of himself or of others as sovereigns of their own private, subjective experience, nor does he suspect that all of us, himself included, are limited to one certain point of vantage on the world. That is why he believes his thoughts as they present themselves, and does not subject them to criticism. He knows other persons about him as centers of a consciousness like unto his own, but he assumes their faces are turned to one single, self-evident world where everything takes place, even dreams, which are, he thinks, in his room; and even thoughts, which, for him, are not distinct from words.” 

― Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception

“Science manipulates things and gives up living in them. It makes its own limited models of things; operating upon these indices or variables to effect whatever transformations are permitted by their definition, it comes face to face with the real world only at rare intervals. Science is and always will be that admirably active, ingenious, and bold way of thinking whose fundamental bias is to treat everything as though it were an object-in-general — as though it meant nothing to us and yet was predestined for our own use.” 
― Maurice Merleau-Ponty, L’Œil et l’Esprit

“Being established in my life, buttressed by my thinking nature, fastened down in this transcendental field which was opened for me by my first perception, and in which all absence is merely the obverse of a presence, all silence a modality of the being of sound, I enjoy a sort of ubiquity and theoretical eternity, I feel destined to move in a flow of endless life, neither the beginning nor the end of which I can experience in thought, since it is my living self who think of them, and since thus my life always precedes and survives itself.” 
― Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception

“The world and I are within one another.” 
― Maurice Merleau-Ponty

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