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Three elements go to make up an idea

QUOTATION: Three elements go to make up an idea.


The first is its intrinsic quality as a feeling. The second is the energy with which it affects other ideas, an energy which is infinite in the here-and-nowness of immediate sensation, finite and relative in the recency of the past. The third element is the tendency of an idea to bring along other ideas with it.


ATTRIBUTION: Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914), U.S. philosopher, logician. Collected Papers, vol. 6, para. 135, Harvard University Press (1934).

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