To perceive is not to remember

To remember is not to bring back before the gaze of consciousness a self-subsistent picture of the past, it is to plunge into the horizon of the past and gradually to unfold tightly packed perspectives until the experiences that it summarizes are as if lived anew in their own temporal place. To perceive is not to remember.

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

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