Re: How factual are second-hand translations?

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Sun Jan 06 2002 - 09:51:44 MST

John Clark wrote:
> I quote Lewis Carroll:
> "There's no use trying," Alice said: "one CAN'T believe impossible things."
> "I daresay you haven't had much practice," said The Red Queen.
> "When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day.
> Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things
> before breakfast."

Whenever I see people quoting this as some sort of justification for the
idea that believing in contradictory or impossible ideas is a good
thing, I like to point out that the Red Queen was a bloodthirsty,
murdering, authoritarian, propagandizing fascist. Such people are highly
prone to believing in impossible things. That they do so does not make
them right, good, or to be admired.

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