In the City, facts don’t cease to exist simply because they’re not true.
If the people say it’s important, even inevitable, be sure it is not.
Certainty and desperation are the City’s most common embalming mediums.
In ordinary City affairs, always say what it is you’re going to say, before you have to actually say it.
In ordinary City affairs, you can also say what it is that you’re going to do before you actually do it…(and especially so if you don’t actually do it).