James Joyce about desire (“A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man”, 1916) - Our flesh shrinks from what it dreads and responds to the stimulus of what it desires by a purely reflex action of the nervous system. Our eyelid closes before we are aware that the fly is about to enter our eye.
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Our flesh shrinks from what it dreads and responds to the stimulus of what it desires by a purely reflex action of the nervous system. Our eyelid closes before we are aware that the fly is about to enter our eye.
 James JoyceA Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916). copy citation

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