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The Joyful Suspension of Belief

Robert2514 Wrote: Jul 19, 2012 9:01 AM
Who knows what is truth anymore? If it tastes good, eat it. If it sounds good, believe it. Particularly the last. Just tell the truth and go from there. Sometimes it hurts, other times it works well; but at least you don't have to tell a lie to cover it up.

"The willing suspension of disbelief"


This term was put forth by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1817 with the publication of Biographical Sketches of my Literary Life and Opinions.

"In this idea originated the plan of the 'Lyrical Ballads'; in which it was agreed, that my endeavors should be directed to persons and characters supernatural, or at least romantic, yet so as to transfer from our inward nature a human interest and a semblance of truth sufficient to procure for these shadows of imagination that willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith."

Of course this term now applies...

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