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Women scheme when they are weak, they lie out of fear. Men scheme when they are strong, they lie out of arrogance.

From Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes.

Women scheme when they are weak, they lie out of fear. Men scheme when they are strong, they lie out of arrogance.

From Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes.



One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.

From The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan

One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.

From The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan



There’s the story, then there’s the real story, then there’s the story of how the story came to be told. Then there’s what you leave out of the story. Which is part of the story too.

From MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood.

There’s the story, then there’s the real story, then there’s the story of how the story came to be told. Then there’s what you leave out of the story. Which is part of the story too.

From MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood.



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