Monday, July 30, 2018


Know-It-Alls and Pundits

Vauvenargues (1715-1747), Reflections and Maxims, no. 638 (tr. F.G. Stevens):
I should heartily approve universal knowledge, if man were capable of it; but I respect more highly a joiner who knows his job than a babbler who thinks he knows everything, and understands nothing.

J'approuverais fort la science universelle, si les hommes en étaient capables; mais j'estime plus un menuisier, qui sait son métier, qu'un bavard, qui pense tout savoir, et qui ne possède rien.

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