We have to find meters whose scales are unknown in the world, draw our own schematics, getting feedback, making connections, reducing the error, try to learn the real function… zeroing in on what incalculable plot?

Gravity’s Rainbow*, Thomas Pynchon

As Orwell points out in his indispensable essay “Politics and the English Language,” they write in prepared phrases, not in words, and the most they do with a prepared phrase is vary it to show that they know what it is. 

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg from Cultural Amnesia (adapted), Clives James

* Please don’t be misled; I have not read Gravity’s Rainbow, at least not past the first five pages. 

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