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May 9, 2012, 11:41am

"You must learn to see beyond the static definitions of old-fashioned thinking. Nothing is static in the universe. Everything is fluid."
"But it stands to reason that if—"
"Reason, my dear fellow, is the most naive of all superstitions. That, at least, has been generally conceded in our age."
"But I don't quite understand how we can—"
"You suffer from the popular delusion of believing that things can be understood. You do not grasp the fact that the universe is a solid contradiction."
"A contradiction of what?"
"Of itself."
"How … how's that?"
"My dear, the duty of thinkers is not to explain, but to demonstrate that nothing can be explained."
"Yes, of course … only …"
"The purpose of philosophy is not to seek knowledge, but to prove that knowledge is impossible to man."
"But when we prove it, what's going to be left?"

- ( ‘Atlas Shrugged’ )