Friday, October 15, 2010


A Great Mischievous Baboon

Excerpts from John Aubrey, William Harvey, in Brief Lives:
He was wont to say that man was but a great mischievous baboon.


[H]e bid me goe to the fountain head, and read Aristotle, Cicero, Avicenna, and did call the neoteriques shitt-breeches.


From the meanest person, in some way, or other, the learnedst man may learn something. Pride has been one of the greatest stoppers of the advancement of learning.

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