Sub specie Absolutus - Under the aspect of Absolute

Horseshoe on the wall

 

 A visitor to Niels Bohr's country cottage,
noticing a horseshoe hanging on the wall,
teasing the eminent scientist about this
ancient superstition. 'Can it be true that you,
of all people, believe it will bring you luck?'
'Of course not,' replied Bohr, 'but…

 

I understand it brings you luck whether
you believe it or not.

 

Clifton Fadiman (ed.), Andrè Bernard (ed.), 
Bartlett's Book of Anecdotes (2000), 68.

  

 

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