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Exhortations is the sole surviving work of Hatatian.[1]

Exhortations is a work that eschews traditional Inrithi values and espouses an ethos of unprincipled self-promotion. Though long censured by the Thousand Temples, it remains popular among the caste-nobility of the Three Seas.[2]

ExcerptsEdit

"I tell you, guilt dwells nowhere but in the eyes of the accuser. This men know even as they deny it, which is why they so often make murder their absolution. The truth of crime lies not with the victim but with the witness."[3]

"When others speak, I hear naught but the squawking of parrots. But when I speak, it always seems to be the first time. Each man is the rule of the other, no matter how mad or vain."[4]

"One cannot assume the truth of what one declares without presuming the falsity of all incongruous declarations. Since all men assume the truth of their own declarations, this presumption becomes at best ironic and at worst outrageous. Given the infinity of possible claims, who could be so vain as to think their dismal claims true? The tragedy, of course, is that we cannot but make declarations. So it seems we must speak as Gods to converse as Men."[5]

"We belittle what we cannot bear. We make figments out of fundamentals, all in the name of preserving our own peculiar fancies. The best way to secure one's own deception is to accuse others of deceit."[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Encyclopedic Glossary, 'Exhortations'
  2. Encyclopedic Glossary, 'Hatatian'
  3. The Thousandfold Thought, Chapter 2
  4. The Thousandfold Thought, Chapter 5
  5. The Thousandfold Thought, Chapter 12
  6. The White-Luck Warrior, Chapter 2

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