Sunday, October 3, 2010

definitions are hazardous, things modified by human understanding, subject to varieties of complications and changeable, as experiences advances knowledge or accidents influences caprice


And I will venture to lay it down, as the first Maxim and Cornerstone of this our Art, that whoever would excel therein must studiously avoid detest and turn his head from all the ideas, ways and workings of that pestilent Foe to Wit and Destroyer of Figures, which is known by the name of Common Sense. His business must be to contrast the true Gôut de travers, and to acquire a most happy, uncommon, unaccountable Way of Thinking.

Alexander Pope, "Peri Bathous."