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Science, great, mighty and in the end unerring... science has fallen into many errors — errors which have been fortunate and useful rather than otherwise, for they have been the stepping stones to truth.
Science, my boy, is composed of errors, but errors that it is right to make, for they lead step by step to the truth.
Science, my lad, has been built upon many errors; but they are errors which it was good to fall into, for they led to the truth.
Either my calculation is correct, or there is no truth in figures.
Was I to believe him in earnest in his intention to penetrate to the centre of this massive globe? Had I been listening to the mad speculations of a lunatic, or to the scientific conclusions of a lofty genius? Where did truth stop? Where did error begin?
In truth, I was simply in the presence of a very ordinary product of the earth, of singular and gigantic proportions. My uncle unhesitatingly called them by their real names. "It is only," he said, in his coolest manner, "a forest of mushrooms."
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Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.
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