"We cannot command our hair to stand on end; nor our skin to startle for desire or fear. Our hands are often carried where we direct them not."
Michel de Montaigne, quoted by Robert Bresson
Still from Au Hasard Balthazar (1966), dir. Robert Bresson
Earlier in the text:
“‘Every movement reveals us.’ (Montaigne). But it only reveals us if it is automatic (not commanded, not willed).”
(Quote Source: Essays, 1 Chapter 20, John Florio’s translation; via Notes on the Cinematographer by Robert Bresson; Image: Mirror Film)