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The look, we said, envelops, palpates, espouses the visible things. As though it were in a relation of pre-established harmony with them, as though it knew them before knowing them, it moves in its own way with its abrupt and imperious style, and yet the views taken are not desultory - I do not look at a chaos, but at things - so that finally one cannot say if it is the look or if it is the things that command.

Maurice Merleau-Ponty | The Visible and the Invisible

[1] Merleau-Ponty, Maurice.  The Visible and the Invisible.  Ed. Claude Lefort.  Trans. Alphonso Lingis.  Northwestern University Press 1968.

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