One of the most famous of all quotes is the opening of Charles Dickens, “A Tale of Two cities”.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
No, I’m no literary critic. But this sure makes me think of today and, you guessed it, Obama. He was the worst and the best — if you listen to the lamestream media and the left. We all know he is not the best, not even close. And these are by no means the best of times. But one doesn’t have to look too hard to think of the worst. “All around”, says the voice in my head… “everywhere”.
Note, maybe Just Gene will elaborate on that quote, since he’s reminded me of it several times.
Wiki says this:
The whole first paragraph is made up entirely of contrasting pairs like that one describing the era in which the novel is set (The French Revolution.) The fact that they are pairs is especially important, as “pairs” is one of the major motifs of the novel–things come in twos left and right throughout the story (A Tale of Two Cities, for example.)