Monday, September 17, 2012


A Thirst After Knowledge

John Clare (1793-1864), Autobiography, chapter 8, in J.W. and Anne Tibble, edd., The Prose of John Clare (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1951), p. 54:
I always had a thirst after knowledge in everything & by that restless desire have only acquired a very superficial knowledge of many things that serves no other purpose than to make me feel my real ignorance of everything so much the more

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