I have always thought this

June 25, 2007

Although it’s in the classical aphoristic style to say “I have always…” (cf. Borges – “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library,” Dorothea Tanning – “I have always been perverse”), it seems to me that it would be a stronger (though not necessarily more aphoristic) statement to say, “I have not always…”

At issue is the question of whether a truth is more striking if it arrests one since birth or if it converts one from other beliefs.

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