Monday, January 12, 2015



In a recent essay Theodore Dalrymple quoted Henry de Montherlant (1895-1972) as follows:
Most people do not read; those who read do not understand; those who understand forget.
The original seems to be:
Au fond, la plupart des gens ne lisent pas; ou, s'ils lisent, ils ne comprennent pas; quant à ceux qui comprennent, ils oublient.
I don't know in what work by Montherlant this occurs. I confess I've never read any of his books.

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