Friday, February 07, 2014


Enough for the Study of a Lifetime

Anonymous, in The North British Review Vol. XXX, No. LX (May 1859) 310:
When a friend complained to Linnaeus that Sweden did not afford scope enough for the successful study of nature, the great naturalist laid his hand on a bit of the moss on which they were reclining, and said, "Under this palm is material for the study of a lifetime."
This is the earliest source I can find for this oft-repeated anecdote, but there must be an earlier one, probably in a foreign language.

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