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Thread #165570   Message #3987955
Posted By: DMcG
18-Apr-19 - 05:00 AM
Thread Name: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
Subject: RE: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
The problem with quoting adages is they can be a good example of confirmation bias. They need to be hadled with care. For instance we could quote:

The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

- which is much more about declining into narrowness than supposed gain in wisdom. The history of the adage Iains gave, by the way, is very uncertain but seems to be talking about support for the French revolution in its earlier forms and did not refer to socialists as such, though some might view the idea of égalité in that light.