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Hitchens and the riddles of The Sphinx


“In the old days at the New Statesman, we once ran a celebrated weekend competition that asked readers to submit made-up gems of cretinous bucolic wisdom. Two of the winning entries, I still recall, were ‘He digs deepest who deepest digs’ and ‘An owl in a sack bothers no man’.” – Christopher Hitchens, “Arguably”, page 26.

“You must be like the wolf pack… not like the six-pack.”

“You must lash out with every limb, like the octopus who plays the drums.”

“Learn to hide your strikes from your opponent and you’ll more easily strike his hide.”

“When you can balance a tack hammer on your head, you will head off your foes with a balanced attack.”

“He who questions training only trains himself at asking questions.”

“Do not go there, my son! When you doubt your powers, you give power to your doubts.”

“We are number one! All others are number two, or lower.” – The Sphinx, “Mystery Men”, 1999.

Only posted because the first reminded me of something, for days, until one morning I awoke with the answer.

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