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Daemon
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Nobody has any conscience about adding to the improbabilities of a marvelous tale.

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Passion for phonics
Posted: Friday, September 11, 2015 12:37:03 AM
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Yes. I was discussing this very thing with Jimi Hendrix just before he took the stage at Woodstock.
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Yes, and I had Elvis and Jimmy Hoffa over for dinner last night. They said to say hi to Jimi.
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Context from: THE MARBLE FAUMN
by Nathaniel Hawthorne

CHAPTER IV: “THE SPECTRE OF THE CATACOMB”


........
Being often admitted to her studio, he left his features, or some shadow or reminiscence of them, in many of her sketches and pictures. The moral atmosphere of these productions was thereby so influenced, that rival painters pronounced it a case of hopeless mannerism, which would destroy all Miriam’s prospects of true excellence in art.

"The story of this adventure spread abroad, and made its way beyond the usual gossip of the Forestieri, even into Italian circles, where, enhanced by a still potent spirit of superstition, it grew far more wonderful than as above recounted. Thence, it came back among the Anglo-Saxons, and was communicated to the German artists, who so richly supplied it with romantic ornaments and excrescences, after their fashion, that it became a fantasy worthy of Tieck or Hoffmann. For nobody has any conscience about adding to the improbabilities of a marvellous tale".

The most reasonable version of the incident, that could anywise be rendered acceptable to the auditors, was substantially the one suggested by the guide of the catacomb, in his allusion to the legend of Memmius. This man, or demon, or man-demon, was a spy during the persecutions of the early Christians, probably under the Emperor Diocletian, and penetrated into the catacomb of St. Calixtus, with the malignant purpose of tracing out the hiding-places of the refugees. But, while he stole craftily through those dark corridors, he chanced to come upon a little chapel, where tapers were burning before an altar and a crucifix, and a priest was in the performance of his sacred office. By divine indulgence, there was a single moment’s grace allowed to Memmius, during which, had he been capable of Christian faith and love, he might have knelt before the cross, and received the holy light into his soul, and so have been blest forever. But he resisted the sacred impulse. As soon, therefore, as that one moment had glided by, the light of the consecrated tapers, which represent all truth, bewildered the wretched man with everlasting error, and the blessed cross itself was stamped as a seal upon his heart, so that it should never open to receive conviction.


Read and listen to this book : http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/39/the-marble-faun/525/chapter-iv-the-spectre-of-the-catacomb/
Gary98
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Passion for phonics wrote:
Yes. I was discussing this very thing with Jimi Hendrix just before he took the stage at Woodstock.


You may not know this is only made possible by my persuading him to go to Woodstock at all. He really loathed that place and hate to go there.Liar
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Improbability may looks like lie but there's some differences...
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Gary98
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NeuroticHellFem wrote:
Quote:
“If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit.” ― W.C. Fields.
Whistle


My kind of policy. Anything to make people feel good!
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Posted: Friday, September 11, 2015 6:27:39 PM
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Daemon wrote:
Nobody has any conscience about adding to the improbabilities of a marvelous tale.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)



All told, there is no telling how improbabilities of a marvelous tale tally up till the very tail end: tut-tut, the toil
made no heads or tails.
Paul Anthony (vikingz2000)
Posted: Friday, September 11, 2015 7:05:44 PM

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Daemon wrote:
Nobody has any conscience about adding to the improbabilities of a marvelous tale.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)


Sounds like this would aptly apply to the evolution of Mormonism with all of its magic peep stones, visions, visitations of heavenly beings bestowing God's authority, ancient papyri rolls supposedly written by the very hand of Abraham, etc., etc..

Mark Twain said is it easier to fool people than to convince them they've been fooled. This, along with what Carl Sagan affirmed: “One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.

And you know why this is true? Mainly because the adage, “My country, right or wrong, like my mother drunk or sober,” will forever be an almost immutable truism in the minds of most people,
Fredric-frank Myers
Posted: Friday, September 11, 2015 8:46:33 PM

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So very true that it almost hurts to thing about how so many put a "spin" on what they've heard.
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