Monday, December 02, 2013


He Had Eaten Paper and Drunk Ink

Samuel Parr (1747-1825), Aphorisms, Opinions, and Reflections of the Late Dr. Parr (London: J. Andrews, 1826), p. 74 (on Henry Homer):
He was not a stranger to many niceties in the structure of the Latin tongue. He never attempted to show off his own powers in that frivolous jargon, or that oracular solemnity which I have now and then observed in persons who prated yesterday, as they prate to-day, and will prate again to-morrow about subjects which they do not understand. "He, to my knowledge, had fed on the dainties that are bred in a book. He had eaten paper, as it were, and drunk ink. His intellect was replenished."
                                                   Remarks on the Statement of Dr. Coombe, p. 21.
Hat tip: Ian Jackson.

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