ego is first and foremost a bodily ego; it is not merely a surface entity,
but is itself the projection of a surface.
The Ego and the Id, 1923
when two dissimilar aspects of reality are juxtaposed on a
plane which would not appear to suit them
[the] very fact of their
being put next to one another leads to a mutual exchange of energy. (Collage
is the word for this, in plain speech.) This exchange may proceed calmly
and steadily, or it may take the form of an exlplosion accomplanied by
lightning and thunder. I am tempted to consider dit as the counterpart,
in either case, of the phenomenon known to classical lphilosophy as IDENTITY.
IDENTITY (to paraphrase André Bretons remark) MUST BE CONVULSIVE
OR WILL CEASE TO BE.
Beyond Painting, 1936
Identity formation, finally, begins where the usefulness of identification
ends. It arises from the selective repudiation and mutual assimslation
of childhood identifications and their absorption in a new configuration.
Erik H. Erikson
Identity Confusion in Life History and Case History, 1968
Everything can be used, but of course one doesnt know it at
the time. How does one know what one thing will tell another?
Joseph Cornell, n.d.
crawling [is] the stage that usually accompanies, or slightly
precedes, the first efforts at speech.
Technics and Human Developement, 1967
Language is a labyrinth of paths. You approach from one side and
know your way about; you approach the same place from another side and
no longer know your way about.
Philosophical Investigations, 1953
I had already thought of [that particular image] many times, but
I had not approached this memory from the same angle. For, if our memories
do indeed belong to us, they do so after the fashion of those country
properties which have little hidden gates of which we ourselves are often
unaware, and which someone in the neighborhood opens for us, so that from
one direction at least which is new to us, we find ourselves back in our
In Search of Lost Time, The Fugitive, 1925