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With regard to the superstitions of logicians, I shall never tire of emphasizing a small, terse fact, which is unwillingly recognized by these credulous minds - namely, that a thought comes when 'it' wishes, and not when 'I' wish; so that it is a perversion of the facts of the case to say that the subject 'I' is the condition of the predicate 'think.' One thinks; but that this 'one' is precisely the famous old 'ego' is, to put it mildly, only a supposition, an assertion, and assuredly not an 'immediate certainty.' After all, one has even gone too far with this 'one thinks'--even the 'one' contains an interpretation of the process, and does not belong to the process itself.
- Beyond Good & Evil, I. 17
Self-induced illusions must be eliminated if the mind is to channel a free thought flow from worlds unrelated to the human experience. This explains the difficulty we share in expressing what lies beyond the dense matter of subjective thinking.
- Beyond the mind, 2. 13, Bernard de Montreal, IBIS publishings