"The centipede was happy quite
Until the toad, in fun,
Said, pray, which leg moves after which?
This raised her doubts to such a pitch
She fell distracted in the ditch,
Not knowing how to run."
—Marion Quinlan Davis
"If we have learnt certain movements so that they have sunk below the level of conscious control, then if we try to follow them consciously we very often interfere with them so badly that we stop them."
— Karl Popper, Knowledge and the body-mind problem: in defence of interaction
"If I try to think about how it works, it doesn't work."
—Tiffany Aching, I Shall Wear Midnight
"Many things - such as loving, going to sleep, or behaving unaffectedly - are done worst when we try hardest to do them"
"Well, it's much like the dilemma of the centipede. If he relaxes and lets things happen, he can walk naturally all day long, his hundred legs not missing a step. But, if he thinks too hard about the complexity of what he's doing, those legs might crash into the teahouse and kill everyone. A valuable lesson."
— Kang The Mad, Jade Empire