Thursday, December 02, 2010

was it Nietzsche who said, "Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds"?

Recently that noted young environmentalist, Iris uber Alles, said to me passionately, "Did you know there's a huge garbage dump on the moon? All those astronauts just dumped all their trash up there!"

"Uh, Iris, I thought you didn't believe in the moon landing," I said.

"I don't!"

There was then a long, awkward pause.


Lanafactrix said...

Emerson: "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."

Not incidentally, one of my mother's favorite quotations.

the Drunken Housewife said...

Thank you, Lanafactrix. I'll try to get the attribution right next time!

Fellmama said...

Heh, I only know because she used to quote it at me ALL THE DAMN TIME.

the Drunken Housewife said...

Were you a remarkably consistent child? Or a finger-pointing child who noticed her mother's inconsistencies? Someone should have found you a quote about the glories of beautiful consistency to use in return.