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Potent Quotable

November 4, 2009

But again and again there comes a time in history when the man who dares to say that two and two do make four is punished with death.  The school teacher is well aware of this.  And the question is not one of knowing what punishment or reward attends the making of this calculation.  The question is that of knowing whether two and two do make four.  For those of our town-folk who risked their lives in this predicament the issue was whether or not the plague was in their midst and whether or not they must fight against it.

Albert Camus, The Plague

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