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Gottfried Leibniz

I do not conceive of any reality at all as without genuine unity.

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But in simple substances the influence of one monad over another is ideal only.

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Music is the pleasure the human mind experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting.

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When a truth is necessary, the reason for it can be found by analysis, that is, by resolving it into simpler ideas and truths until the primary ones are reached.

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I also take it as granted that every created thing, and consequently the created monad also, is subject to change, and indeed that this change is continual in each one.

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For since it is impossible for a created monad to have a physical influence on the inner nature of another, this is the only way in which one can be dependent on another.

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It follows from what we have just said, that the natural changes of monads come from an internal principle, since an external cause would be unable to influence their inner being.

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The ultimate reason of things must lie in a necessary substance, in which the differentiation of the changes only exists eminently as in their source; and this is what we call God.

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Now where there are no parts, there neither extension, nor shape, nor divisibility is possible. And these monads are the true atoms of nature and, in a word, the elements of things.

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Men act like brutes in so far as the sequences of their perceptions arise through the principle of memory only, like those empirical physicians who have mere practice without theory.

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