The most dreadful conclusion

In his book Heretics, G. K. Chesterton praises H. G. Wells for being able to change his mind.

He has abandoned the sensational theory with the same honourable gravity and simplicity with which he adopted it. Then he thought it was true; now he thinks it is not true. He has come to the most dreadful conclusion a literary man can come to, the conclusion that the ordinary view is the right one. It is only the last and wildest kind of courage that can stand on a tower before ten thousand people and tell them that twice two is four.

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3 thoughts on “The most dreadful conclusion

  1. “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?”
    — John Maynard Keynes

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