Quote of the moment: Charles Dodgson and Tea Party logic, “six impossible things”


John Tenniel's drawing of Alice A-dressing the White Queen, in "Through the Looking Glass" 1865 - Wikimedia image

John Tenniel's drawing of Alice A-dressing the White Queen, "Through the Looking Glass" 1865 - Wikimedia image

Alice laughed: “There’s no use trying,” she said; “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), Through the Looking Glass, Chapter V, “Wool and Water.” 1871 (Gutenberg edition)

Below the fold; the quote in larger context.

‘Only it is so VERY lonely here!’ Alice said in a melancholy voice; and at the thought of her loneliness two large tears came rolling down her cheeks.

‘Oh, don’t go on like that!’ cried the poor Queen, wringing her hands in despair. ‘Consider what a great girl you are. Consider what a long way you’ve come to-day. Consider what o’clock it is. Consider anything, only don’t cry!’

Alice could not help laughing at this, even in the midst of her tears. ‘Can YOU keep from crying by considering things?’ she asked.

‘That’s the way it’s done,’ the Queen said with great decision: ‘nobody can do two things at once, you know. Let’s consider your age to begin with—how old are you?’

‘I’m seven and a half exactly.’

‘You needn’t say “exactually,”‘ the Queen remarked: ‘I can believe it without that. Now I’ll give YOU something to believe. I’m just one hundred and one, five months and a day.’

‘I can’t believe THAT!’ said Alice.

‘Can’t you?’ the Queen said in a pitying tone. ‘Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.’

Alice laughed. ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said: ‘one CAN’T believe impossible things.’

‘I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. There goes the shawl again!’

 

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3 Responses to Quote of the moment: Charles Dodgson and Tea Party logic, “six impossible things”

  1. Black Flag® says:

    James

    “Equality” in wealth means poverty for everyone.

    The size of your wallet neither improves or degrades my wallet.
    But that is what you are trying to claim.

    Why do you believe the difference in the size of our wallets means economic problems?

    I think your economic theory is seriously flawed – indeed, I think you have no economic theory, but a whole lot of economic envy.

    Paerto’s Law (80/20) distribution appears nearly everywhere in the Universe, and with no surprise, appears in wealth distribution too.

    If such a distribution exists greater than the 80.20, it is likely you can point to a force that creates it – an application of coercion in human affairs.

    Find that, and you may have something.

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  2. So there’s an organization that lists the world’s countries according to, among other criteria, economic/income inequality. That organization lists the United States as having an economic/income inequality greater then such countries as Egypt, Tunisia, and China.

    According to that organization, the United States has “Since 1975, practically all the gains in household income have gone to the top 20% of households. The war in March-April 2003 between a US-led coalition and Iraq, and the subsequent occupation of Iraq, required major shifts in national resources to the military.”

    and

    Long-term problems include inadequate investment in deteriorating infrastructure, rapidly rising medical and pension costs of an aging population, sizable trade and budget deficits, and stagnation of wages in lower-income families.

    Now as sure as the sun rises in the East, Black and his fellow conservative nitwits will condemn that organization as most assuredly being “a liberal bastion of socialism” but since when has the CIA ever been liberal on anything?

    And just as sure as the sun sets in the West, Black and his fellow conservative nitwits will continue to blithely ignore the fact that if there wasn’t such a income and earnings gap then such programs as welfare, unemployment and other government assistance programs that conservatives so love to hate wouldn’t be as necessary.

    Meanwhile Black and his fellow nitwits will continue to pray to God that they or their families will never need such assistance themselves.

    The joke? Unless things are fixed…unless a better economic balance is found…sooner or later, and more likely sooner, Black and his fellow nitwits and their families will indeed need such assistance.

    Time for you to figure out, Black and Morgan, that the rich don’t need your help, they don’t need your defense and that your continous sucking of their cocks like good little ******* will get you nowhere.

    Other then makiing you whores.

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