February 1st, 2012

Takin' The Cake

On Thinking

A great quote from Dashiell Hammett's The Dain Curse that I just read (the quote, not the book. That is to say, I'm still working on the book, but I just read this quote and it sang to me):

"Nobody thinks clearly, no matter what they pretend. Thinking's a dizzy business, a matter of catching as many of those foggy glimpses as you can and fitting them together the best you can. That's why people hang on so tight to their beliefs and opinions; because, compared to the haphazard way in which they're arrived at [sic], even the goofiest opinion seems wonderfully clear, sane, and self-evident. And if you let it get away from you, then you've got to dive back into that foggy muddle to wangle yourself out another to take its place."

--The Continental Op, nameless narrator of sundry Dashiell Hammett works, from The Dain Curse, 1929