Quoth the Raven

"Now, you know that I love this man very much, except for his 'to be sure,' for isn't it obvious that every generalization admits of exceptions? But this fellow is full of such self-justification. When he thinks he has said something too hastily, or spoken a half-truth, or generalized too much, then you can't stop him from attaching limitations to what he has said, from modifying it, adding to it and subtracting from it, until at last nothing is left of the original idea!"

                                   Letter Aug. 12, concerning Albert, in The Sorrows of Young Werther, Goethe.