Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Pretenders to Knowledge

Henry Fielding (1707-1754), A Journey from This World to the Next, Introduction:
I presently communicated this manuscript to my friend parson Abraham Adams, who, after a long and careful perusal, returned it me with his opinion, that there was more in it than at first appeared; that the author seemed not entirely unacquainted with the writings of Plato; but he wished he had quoted him sometimes in his margin, "That I might be sure," said he, "he had read him in the original; for nothing," continued the parson, "is commoner than for men now-a-days to pretend to have read Greek authors, who have met with them only in translations, and cannot conjugate a verb in mi."

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