Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Ruin of the Spirit

"Pure logic is the ruin of the spirit." That's what my fortune says. Tell it to Lewis Carroll. Tell it to Mr. Spock. Actually, the fortune cookie is quoting Antoine de Saint-Exupéry without attribution. Chinese fortune cookies will do that, you know. I suppose it's logical.

"Pure logic is the ruin of the spirit."
France's 50 franc banknote, by the way, honored Saint-Exupéry as a cultural hero. In contrast, today's Euro banknotes feature architectural elements and do not commemorate individuals.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and the Little Prince on a 1997 French 50 franc note

Note:  Fortune cookie wisdom has enlightened this blog in the past here. Some of that wisdom has been plagiarized.

Bob Mankoff's memoir How About Never--Is Never Good for You?: My Life in Cartoons is now officially published. You can read more about him on his website here, or on my blog here and even here.


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