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William Norman Birkett

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I do not object to people looking at their watches when I am speaking. But I strongly object when they start shaking them to make sure they are still going.
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Robert Andrews, Famous Lines: a Columbia dictionary of familiar quotations (1997), which cites a quotation in the London Observer, 30 October 1960

 
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You say, “I want to know myself.” You are the I. You are the knowing. You are the consciousness through which everything is known and that cannot know itself. It is itself. There is nothing to know beyond that. And yet all knowing arises out of it. The “I” cannot make itself into an object of knowledge, of consciousness.
So you cannot become an object to yourself. That is the very reason the illusion of egoic identity arose because mentally you made yourself into an object. “That's me,” you say, and then you begin to have a relationship with yourself and tell others and yourself your story.

 
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