“A person’s views are either necessary or superfluous,” said Sammler. “The superfluous irritates me sharply. I am an extremely impatient individual. My impatience sometimes borders on rage. It is clinical.”
“No, no, Papa.”
“However, It is sometimes necessary to repeat what all know. All mapmakers should place the Mississippi in the same location, and avoid originality. It may be boring, but one has to know where he is. We cannot have the Mississippi flowing towards the Rockies for a change.”
Saul Bellow, Mr. Sammler’s Planet (1970), Penguin Books, 1976, 182-183.