Knotty Knuggets

“Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise,  to balance it.”

George Santayan [headshot]  George Santayana (1863 – 1952)

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I'm the rather slight fellow you see dangling in the cave, center stage on the cover of THE GODDESS & THE DEVIL, a most unique and provocative multi~genre creation. It's a ton of real, thoroughly researched history called upon by our fictitious players arguing about good & evil (&c., &c., ...) who happened to find themselves in one Hell of a bind one night in Salem, 1692.

Posted on October 20, 2012, in Knotty Knuggets and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I’m tempted to try and find an opposite saying to that…but my mind perhaps turned into a sort of a knot in the process.

  2. Jennifer:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! You win the prize. It seems to me to lead one down that perilous path called the Infinite Regress, like this version of the vintage Liar’s Paradox:

    “This statement is false.”
    “This statement is true and this statement is false.”

    Or, better:

    “The following statement is true.”
    “The previous statement is false.”

    You could respond by asserting that “Not all wise sayings have a counterbalancing opposite. To wit: Santayana’s wise saying about the paradoxical nature of wise sayings, which would seem to actually prove itself wrong … at a blush. However, key qualifier at the start of his proposition: “ALMOST every wise saying … ” Was he just leaving room for one exception? … like HIS wise saying about wise sayings? … The world may never know.

    Thanks for the Comment, Jennifer. I’ve been hoping for someone to bite into some of these … oh, shall we call them … “Wise Sayings.”

    My Best!

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