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elysium     Wed, Feb 1, 2012  Permanent link
No arguments are to be looked at with more suspicion than those which, from the acknowledged impossibility of attaining to perfection, would infer that it is absurd to attempt the nearest possible approximation to it. If a system be erroneous, the very consequences of its errors generally constitute the most powerful impediment to a correction of it. But, if that impediment were to be held conclusive, the result would be no other than this — that the errors of inadvertency, where they have prevailed for a certain time, are, upon discovery of their nature, to be persevered in from deliberation and choice. — William Huskisson, 1810, talking bout the currency depreciation in 1810