“The vast accumulations of knowledge—or at least of information—deposited by the nineteenth century have been responsible for an equally vast ignorance. When there is so much to be known, when there are so many fields of knowledge in which the same words are used with different meanings, when every one knows a little about a great many things, it becomes increasingly difficult for anyone to know whether he knows what he is talking about or not. And when we do not know, or when we do not know enough, we tend always to substitute emotions for thoughts.”
T.S. Eliot, The Sacred Wood

(HT: Greg Thornbury)

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  1. David McCoy

    The Renaissance man has been replaced with the Jack-of-all-trades, master of none.
    I’m personally glad that Eliot chose to concentrate on only one basic area of expertise; the world is better for the results.


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