Wise Words from the Big Garbanzo

“There is nothing so unbelievable that it may not become probable by putting it into words.”–Cicero, Paradoxes. (Sed nihil est tam incredibile, quod non dicendo fiat probabile.)

Fantasists and spin-doctors live by this saying, even if they’ve never heard it.

About JE

James Enge is the author of the World-Fantasy-Award-nominated novel Blood of Ambrose (Pyr, April 2009). His latest book is The Wide World's End. His short fiction has appeared in Swords and Dark Magic (Harper Collins, 2010), Black Gate, the Stabby-Award-winning anthology Blackguards and elsewhere.
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5 Responses to Wise Words from the Big Garbanzo

  1. davidcapeguy says:

    A beautiful quotation. It could’ve been the official slogan of pulp magazine fiction writers.

    I’m pretty ignorant of Latin, but it amazes me how succinct that language was in the hands of a master, Caesar’s “Veni, Vedi, Veci!” still being one of the great election slogans of all time. And there’s a six-word summation of one of the early Caesars — Galba, I think — by (probably) Suetonius, that essentially says that everyone thought he’d make a splendid emperor ’til he proved them wrong by becoming emperor. In six words. Amazing.

  2. peadarog says:

    Wow! He discovered the Overton window…

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