Catechism of cliché

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More words of wisdom from our favourite philosopher Flann O’Brien (Myles na Gopaleen):

What, as to the quality of solidity, imperviousness, and firmness, are facts?

Hard.

And as to temperature?

Cold.

To what do hard facts belong?

The situation.

And to what does a cold fact belong?

The matter.

What must we do to the hard facts of the situation?

Face up to the hard facts of the situation.

What does a cold fact frequently still do?

Remain.

And what is notoriously useless as a means of altering the hard facts of the situation?

All the talk in the world.

Is this killing you?

It certainly is.

From Myles na Gopaleen’s ‘Catechism of  cliché’ series  in The Best of Myles Picador  1975   208

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9 thoughts on “Catechism of cliché

          1. There’s a tiny bit of Irish here so that would be no problem. If it makes me laugh uncontrollably I get called on it. Maybe not so much now that my husband is retired.
            Leslie

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