Double negative

Helen Verhoeven

Helen Verhoeven,The Waiting, oil on canvas (2014)

Iโ€™ve just finished reading Haruki Murakamiโ€™s first novel, Hear the Wind Sing. In it, one of his characters paraphrases this quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald:

The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.

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