More words to live by

I think these would make a good mission statement for this blog:

I have no doubt that I often speak of things which are better treated by the masters of the craft, and with more truth. This is simply a trail of my natural faculties, and not of my acquired ones.  If anyone catches me in ignorance, he will score no triumph over me, since I can hardly be answerable to another for my reasonings, when I am not answerable for them to myself, and am never satisfied with them…. These are my fancies, in which I make no attempt to convey information about things, only about myself.  I may have some objective knowledge one day, or may perhaps have had it in the past when I happened to light on passages the explained things.  But I have forgotten it all; for though I am a man of some reading, I am one who retains nothing.


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  1. Wow, didn’t know you were a Montaigne fan as well. Do you know Eric Hoffer?

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  2. hh

     /  April 7, 2011

    Are those two quotes both from the MacCreagh book?

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    • Japansen

       /  May 6, 2011

      I actually don’t know Montaigne, I found the two quotes in Lapham’s last “Notebook” in Harper’s. They struck me as fortuitously appropriate to stumble upon at that point.

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