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Henri Bergson

'Others will dig even deeper. Under these joys and these sadnesses that can ultimately be translated into words, they will catch something that has nothing in common with words, certain rhythms of life and breathing that are more interior to man than his innermost feelings, alive law being, variable with each person, of his depression and exaltation, of his sorrows and hopes. By releasing, exacerbating this music, they will impose it to our attention; they will make us insert ourselves into it involuntarily, as walkers entering a dance. And through it they will lead us to shake too, completely inside of us, something that has been waiting the moment to vibrate.'

Henri Bergson, L'energie spirituelle

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