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User:ListenerX/On Dogmatism

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I never yet encountered the mere mathematician who could be trusted out of equal roots, or one who did not clandestinely hold it as a point of his faith that was absolutely and unconditionally equal to . Say to one of these gentlemen, by way of experiment, if you please, that you believe occasions may occur where is not altogether equal to , and, having made him understand what you mean, get out of his reach as speedily as convenient, for, beyond doubt, he will endeavor to knock you down.
Edgar Allan Poe, The Purloined Letter.