L’objet des sciences humaines, […] c’est cet être qui, de l’intérieur du langage par lequel il est entouré, se représente, en parlant, le sens des mots ou des propositions qu’il énonce, et se donne finalement la représentation du langage lui-même.
(The object of the human sciences […] is that being which, from the interior of the language by which he is surrounded, represents to himself, by speaking, the sense of the words or propositions he utters and finally provides himself with the representation of language itself.)
There is no country in the world better deserving of notice than Japan; and there is no people (not even the Chinese) more remarkable for their strict seclusion than the Japanese. This nation, we know not how many centuries ago, attained a wonderful degree of refinement in the arts and discipline of life, in which it has probably never since progressed.
“The Art of Japanning”, The Saturday Magazine (London), n° 462, 14 September 1839.