"So far as common-sensical, ordinary experience is concerned, absolute novelty is excluded from ordinary life. The limiting case of common sense and the commonplace is not sheer novelty but instead the absurd for it rests on an ungrounded primordial credulity. And no doubt this is one of the reasons why ordinary life, when viewed from the center, oppresses us with its banality, its lack of novelty and absurdity. "
"Galileo and the "Invention" of Opera. A Study in the Phenomenology of Consciousness", Dordrecht/Boston/London, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1997, pp. 47-48.