“Through an infinity of our natures, we suppose a case, and put ourselves into it, and hence are in two cases at the same time, and it is doubly difficult to get out. In sane moments we regard only the facts, the case that is. Say what you have to say, not what you ought. Any truth is better than make-believe.
Tom Hyde, the tinker, standing on the gallows, was asked if he had anything to say. «Tell the tailors,» said he, «to remember to make a knot in their thread before they take the first stitch.» His companion's prayer is forgotten.”