Thinking about thinking

“The mind, when it feels or intuits, finds its object in something sensuous; when it imagines, in an image; when it wills in an aim. But in contrast to, or it may be only in distinction from, these forms of its existence and of its objects, the mind has also to gratify its highest and most inward life, thought. Thus the mind renders thought its object”–G.W.F. Hegel Encyclopaedia.