Our psychological individual

James Ward, Psychological Principles, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1918

In trying, then, to conceive our psychological individual in the earliest stages of development we must no picture him as experiencing a succession of absolutely new sensations, which, coming out of nothingness, admit of being strung upon the «  thread of consciousness » like beads picked up at random, or of being cemented into a mass like the bits of stick and sand with which the young caddis covers its nakedness.