14.0745 Valery: "seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees"?

From: by way of Willard McCarty (willard@lists.village.Virginia.EDU)
Date: Fri Mar 16 2001 - 02:02:40 EST

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 745.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2001 06:52:08 +0000
             From: jod@ccat.sas.upenn.edu (James J. O'Donnell)
             Subject: Valery quote

    There is a widely circulated (on the net) quotation from Paul Valery,
    Englished as "Seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees" -- used
    as title of a marvelous book by Lawrence Weschler, inter alia. Could
    anyone supply the French original? Is it famous among Valerians, or is
    Weschler responsible for its propagation?

    Jim O'Donnell
    Classics, U. of Penn

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