The Practical vs. the Idealized

“In practical life we are compelled to follow what is most probable ; in speculative thought we are compelled to follow truth.”

This is why he’s one of my faves.

He continued…
“A man would perish of hunger and thirst, if he refused to eat or drink, till he had obtained positive proof that food and drink would be good for him. But in philosophic reflection this is not so. On the contrary, we must take care not to admit as true anything, which is only probable. For when one falsity has been let in, infinite others follow. “
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