Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on February 23, 2019

in Reality Is Not Optional

… is from page 257 of the 1995 HarperPerennial edition of Zora Neale Hurston’s 1942 autobiography, Dust Tracks On a Road:

It is no longer profitable, with few exceptions, to ask people what they think, for you will be told what they wish, instead.

DBx: Sad but true.

Wishes, being unconstrained by reality, are ever so much more fun than reality. And seeking never to abandon the fun of wishes for the sobriety of reality, many people intoxicate themselves with the fantastical superstition that convinces them that, if they can imagine it – and if that which is imagined is desirable – then that which is imaginable can be made real.

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