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The Idea

The sentiment is so well known as to be a cliché. The quote is attributed to many different people. To the best of my knowledge it is not clear to whom attribution should go, other than the fact that it was uttered a long time ago. “If you don't know what port you're sailing to,” the quote goes, conjuring up visions of sunny sea journeys in an unpolluted and empty Mediterranean, “then any wind is a fair wind.”

Put more mundanely, if you don't know what you're trying to do, it's going to be hard to do it. Or let's have it from Lewis Carroll in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland [1]. Alice asks the Cheshire Cat, “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”


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