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It Came Upon a Midnight Clearance

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So, many years ago in highschool I saw this quote pinned to a teacher's bulletin board:

We trained hard . . . but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization.
Petronius Arbiter, 210 B.C.

I remember thinking it was amusing and oh so smart and mused to myself about how clever those ancient greeks were. Then I promptly forgot about it.

Last month I had to edit an essay that did some work in Petronius' Satyricon and so I took the opportunity to buy the Loeb edition of his work, and as I sat down to read it I suddenly remembered that happy highschool quotation and looked forward to coming full circle as I found the original in the work itself.

You can understand then why I was a little disappointed to reach the end of the book without finding the quotation.

Turns out, the sucker is totaly fake. Here is a great investigation of it.

Just thought I'd pass that on to anyone else who, betrayed by their education system, had this quotation tumbling around in the back of their head.

a moment for old friends now estranged, victims of the flux of alliances and changing perceptions. There was something there once, and that something is worth honoring as well. - John Carroll

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John Stephens
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"Fake, but accurate".
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The "Was on Sale" Song

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I am so VERY disappointed! I had thought it was true.

Well, it IS true, just incorrectly attributed!! [lol]

Opinions aren't excuses to remain ignorant about subjects, nor are they excuses to never examine one's beliefs & prejudices...

Babies are like tattoos. You see other peoples' & they're cool, but yours is never as good & you can't get rid of it.

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