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”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s