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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

"One can look at seeing but one can't hear hearing" is an observation by Marcel Duchamp, recorded in his notebooks.

Duchamp wrote an answer: ( — Why not? The metaphor of the metaphor: one can see seeing . . . )"[1]

In original French:

"On peut regarder voir; On ne peut pas entendre entendre"

The observation was included in the Box of 1914.

Its later variant was: "Sens: on peut voir regarder. Peut-on entendre écouter, sentir humer, etc"

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