Monday, September 21, 2015


The Moralist

John Williams (1922-1994), Augustus (1971; rpt. New York: New York Review Books, 2014), p. 123:
And it seems to me that the moralist is the most useless and contemptible of creatures. He is useless in that he would expend his energies upon making judgements rather than upon gaining knowledge, for the reason that judgement is easy and knowledge difficult. He is contemptible in that his judgements reflect a vision of himself that he would impose upon the world.

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