Against Examples / Memorable Fancies #2363

The vividness, the concreteness of examples … that’s what the average reader fixes on, disregarding what was explained, it was hoped, by the examples.

What is there about an example that makes it an example of exactly what it is supposed to be an example of, and nothing else? Better just state the idea in its simple native state, and if anyone asks for examples, just tell him he’s missing the point.

[“If I keep reading this book is it just going to be more examples?” – Lucy Corin]

[“There’s something corrupting about the way people focus on such examples.” – C.A.J. Coady]

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