Reaching conclusions

‘Stupidity consists in wanting to reach conclusions. We are a
thread, and we want to know the whole cloth… What mind
worthy of the name, beginning with Homer, ever reached a
conclusion? Let’s accept the picture. That’s how things are. So
be it…’
– Gustave Flaubert, French writer


Oui, la bêtise consiste à vouloir conclure. Nous sommes un fil et nous voulons savoir la trame. Quel est l’esprit un peu fort qui ait conclu, à commencer par Homère ? Contentons-nous du tableau ; c’est aussi bon.
– Gustave Flaubert


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