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"Never believe a thing simply because you want it to be true"

A warning against wishful thinking attributed to Diax, who once chased fortune tellers away from a temple with a garden rake before cautioning his colleagues with the words that would go on to form the Rake.

Suspected ReferenceEdit

This may be a reference to Thucydides, who said, "…[I]t is a habit of mankind to entrust to careless hope what they long for, and to use sovereign reason to thrust aside what they do not desire."[1]

Another possibility is Francis Bacon: "The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion ... draws all things else to support and agree with it. And though there be a greater number and weight of instances to be found on the other side, yet these it either neglects or despises, or else by some distinction sets aside or rejects[.]" [2]

NotesEdit

  1. "…[I]t is a habit of mankind to entrust to careless hope what they long for, and to use sovereign reason to thrust aside what they do not desire." [1]
  2. Bacon, Francis (1620). Novum Organum. reprinted in Template:Citation via Template:Harvnb

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