Did I make up this Douglas Hofstadter quote?

There’s a quote by Douglas M. Hofstadter, author of Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, that’s been on my mind lately. The quote, such as I remember it, is:

I’m not entirely certain of the wording of the second sentence, but the first one seems perfectly clear to me; yet, googling for it, the only hit I get is an old thread on these boards, where I use it and attribute it to Hofstadter (and it’s certainly a quite Hofstadterian thing to say).

So, is there a source for this quote other than myself? Did I make it up out of the whole cloth, or is there something that roughly corresponds to it and was mangled by memory? I seem to have a vague memory of reading it online in some article, i.e. not in GEB; but I don’t have a searchable copy right now to check. Oh, maybe it was in Dennett’s Consciousness Explained? (Can one use google books to search for a quotation inside a specific book?)

Thanks in advance! Mods, if this fits better in Cafe Society, I’ll appreciate having it moved.

I found this:* “What is a self, and how can a self come out of stuff that is as selfless as a stone or a puddle?”*

and this: “In the end, we self-perceiving, self-inventing, locked-in mirages are little miracles of self-reference.”

but I guess this is the one:* “Mind is a pattern perceived by a mind. This is perhaps circular, but it is neither vicious nor paradoxical.”*

And you nailed it in one! Strange that I didn’t think to try that variation. Thanks a lot. If I may ask, how did you find it?

We are the eggmen.

I’m not bob++, but I found that last quote searching for the keywords: Douglas Hofstadter vicious circular.

Doing that, I indeed find it quoted in Consciousness Explained. So it seems that my memory isn’t completely gone…

That would be from “The Mind’s Eye”. See also his later musings in “I am a Strange Loop”.