It is a thorny undertaking, and more so than it seems, to follow a movement so wandering as that of our mind, to penetrate the opaque depths of its innermost folds, to pick out and immobilize the innumerable flutterings that agitate it.
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If my mind could gain a firm footing, I would not make essays, I would make decisions; but it is always in apprenticeship and on trial.