Friday, September 7, 2012

Dashiell Hammett on why people cling to crazy beliefs

"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, 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." —Dashiell Hammett, The Dain Curse