knowledge never gets a hold on its objects

The most simple images or sensations are ultimately all there is to be understood through words; concepts are but a complicated manner of designating them, and like images and sensations, they are themselves inexpressible impressions; understanding is a deception or an illusion, knowledge never gets a hold on its objects, which drag each other along, and the mind functions like a calculating machine that does not know why its results are true.

Phenomenology of Perception, “Association” and the “Projection of Memories” – Maurice Merleau-Ponty

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