I don't know why I do things.
May 18, 2023 4:44 PM Subscribe
At the beginning of The Terminal Man, Michael Crichton includes this quote attributed to geneticist J.B.S. Haldane: "I have come to the conclusion that my subjective account of my own motivation is largely mythical on almost all occasions. I don't know why I do things." I love this. I want to file it in my archive of quotes, but I want to source it properly — if Michael Crichton didn't invent it (which he often does with his epigraphs). Are your google skills better than mine? What is the actual source of this quote?