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Error and Truth

“I like (men) to talk nonsense. That’s man’s one privilege over all creation. Through error you come to the truth… you never reach any truth without making fourteen mistakes and very likely a hundred and fourteen… talk nonsense, but talk your own nonsense, and I’ll kiss you for it. To go wrong in one’s own way is better than to go right in someone else’s. In the first case, you are a man, in the second you’re no better than a bird.”

Razumikhin, from Dostoyevsky’s “Crime and Punishment”