Who said something like "The fact that putting 2 apples next to 2 other apples leads to there being 4 apples there has nothing to do with the fact that 2 + 2 = 4"?

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I suppose you are talking about this quote from the Sequences (A Priori):

James R. Newman said: "The fact that one apple added to one apple invariably gives two apples helps in the teaching of arithmetic, but has no bearing on the truth of the proposition that 1 + 1 = 2."