Tuesday, October 22, 2019



Montesquieu, Persian Letters 56 (from Rica in Paris to Rhedi in Venice; tr. Margaret Mauldon):
An infinite number of Masters of Languages, Arts, and Science teach what they themselves do not know; this is quite a notable talent, for to teach what one knows requires but little wit, whereas an infinite quantity is needed to teach what one does not know.

Un nombre infini de maîtres de langues, d'arts et de sciences, enseignent ce qu'ils ne savent pas; et ce talent est bien considérable: car il ne faut pas beaucoup d’esprit pour montrer ce qu'on sait; mais il en faut infiniment pour enseigner ce qu'on ignore.

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