The great man

"I told him what Molly had said - about Stalin's not knowing; because I thought how odd it was we all have this need for the great man, and create him over and over again in the face of all the evidence. Michael looked tired and grim. To my surprise he said: 'Well, it might be true, might’nt it? That’s the point - anything might be true anywhere, there’s never any way if really knowing the truth about anything. Anything is possible - everything's so crazy, anything at all’s possible.'"

Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook, p.158