Mis-quote

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote some great stories, and at least one fabulous novel, The Great Gatsby.  His output, however, was very uneven, and some of his most quoted lines are just plain nonsense.  Two that spring to mind:

There are no second acts in American lives.

As Gail Collins wrote today, meet Bill Clinton, Mr. Act Twelve.  Then there’s this, even more famous line:

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.

Need I mention that Fitzgerald drank too much?  I think Orwell got it right:

Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
 
Of course, in these post-1984 days, Doublethink has become Goodthink.
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