The Origins of Joy

And yet, how many of our present pleasures, were we to examine them closely, would shrink into nothing more than memories of past ones? What would there be left of many of our emotions, were we to reduce them to the exact quantum of pure feeling they contain by subtracting from them all that is merely reminiscence?

Henri Bergson
Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic (1900)

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