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Single Idea 8103

[catalogued under 18. Thought / A. Modes of Thought / 1. Thought]

Full Idea

A thought is a thing as real as a cannon ball.

Gist of Idea

A thought is as real as a cannon ball


Joseph Joubert (Notebooks [1800], 1801)

Book Reference

Joubert,Joseph: 'Notebooks', ed/tr. Auster,Paul [nyrb 2005], p.74

A Reaction

Nice. The realisation of a thought can strike someone as if they have been assaulted, and hearing some remarks can be as bad as being stabbed. That is quite apart from political consequences. Joubert is good on the physicality of thinking.