Look, imagine: in there, in the nerves inside my head, or rather they're inside my brain, those nerves (oh, the devil take them!)... there are these little tails, well, and as soon as they start to tremble... that is to say, you see, I fix my eyes on something, like this, and they start to tremble, the little tails... and when they start to tremble, an image appears, and it does not appear at once, but after the passage of an instant, a second, and there appears an aspect, that's to say, rather, not an aspect - the devil take its hide, the aspect - no, an image, that's to say, an object or an event, well, the devil take their hides - and that is why I contemplate first, and think later... because of the little tails, and not at all because I have a soul or because I am any kind of "image and likeness", all that is mere foolery. You see, brother, Mikhail explained it to me yesterday, and it was like a scorching blast in my face. It is magnificent, Alyosha, this science!Do you know anyone like that? ;)- The Brothers Karamazov, trans. David McDuff (London: Penguin, 2003), 753
Oh, and a belated HAPPY CHRISTMAS, by the way. I hope you had a great time.