"You have written three books to prove that the future is not theirs[...]."
"I have also given dozens of lectures on the subject. Self-deception is a powerful motor.[...] But once the motor stops, it is dead."
Julien gave no answer. Vardi continued:
"You may of course ask how I know that I am not the victim of a new self-deception of the opposite kind. But I have gone into that carefully. Self-deception is always accompanied by wishful thinking. Wishful thinking means hope. Since I have stopped fooling myself, my mood is not one of hope but of resignation. Hence it cannot be based on self-deception."
I bought my present copy in 1965. (It has just begun to fall apart.) At some time between then and now, I wrote in the margin:
*A common mistake. Resignation is a comfort, & as such can be as tempting, & as illicitly so, as hope. There is no feeling or motive accompanying a belief that can guarantee its truth. (No, M. Descartes, not even the feeling of clearly & distinctly perceiving a thing.) Nothing matters but evidence.
I have not changed my mind about that.