I merely touch tangentially upon the periphery of her existence…
“Everywhere our paths cross. Today I met her three times. I know of her every little excursion, when and where I shall come across her. But this knowledge is not used to secure a meeting. On the contrary, I squander on a frightful scale. A meeting which often has cost me several hours’ waiting is thrown away as a trifle. I do not meet her, I merely touch tangentially upon the periphery of her existence.”
From the “Seducer’s Diary” of the book “Either/Or” by Søren Kierkegaard (1843)
The excerpt is taken from the May 27th entry of the “Seducer’s Diary”. Johannes, the “seducer” uses geometric terminology to describe his slight influence upon Cordelia‘s life.