Sunday, May 13, 2007

Quote of the Day II

I've always thought there is a certain hypocrisy in the way a simple point is made in such a verbose way but...

"For it occurred to me that I should find much more truth in the reasonings of each individual with reference to the affairs in which he is personally interested, and the issue of which must presently punish him if he has judged amiss, than in those conducted by a man of letters in his study, regarding speculative matters that are of no practical moment, and followed by no consequences to himself, farther, perhaps, than that they foster his vanity the better the more remote they are from common sense; requiring, as they must in this case, the exercise of greater ingenuity and art to render them probable."

René Descartes (1596-1650)
Discours de la Méthode, 1637

...I still like it.

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