One can study what exists and how consciousness functions; but one cannot analyze (or â€œproveâ€) existence as such, or consciousness as such. These are irreducible primaries. (An attempt to â€œproveâ€ them is self-contradict ory: it is an attempt to â€œproveâ€ existence by means of nonexistence, and consciousness by means of unconsciousness .)
She started off, walking fast, as if the speed of her steps could give form to the things she felt.
But this was that view of human destiny which she had most passionately hated and rejected: the view that man was ever to be drawn by some vision of the unattainable shining ahead, doomed ever to aspire, but not to achieve. Her life and her values could not bring her to that, she thought; she had never found beauty in longing for the impossible and had never found the possible to be beyond her reach.