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Quote For Today

Their judgment was based on wishful thinking rather than on sound calculation of probabilities; for the usual thing among men, is when they want something, they will, without any reflection, leave that to hope; which they will employ the full force of reasoning in rejecting what they find unpalatable.

— Thucydides

2 comments on "Quote For Today"

  • Nicko says:

    I always thought that Virgil was arguing for better metrics when he wrote “Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas.”

  • Chris says:

    How awesome is it that “rerum cognoscere causas” is the motto of Der Tagesspiegel? Almost makes me want to read a newspaper again.

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