Friedrich August Wolf (1759-1824), Prolegomena to Homer
, Chapter I (tr. Anthony Grafton):
Take someone, even someone
poorly equipped with the best aids, who gives us a writer restored
to a more correct form, either by conjecture or by the use of a few
manuscripts; even if he removes just thirty warts, and leaves a
hundred, no one will deny that he has rendered service to literature.
Nam qui optimis subsidiis vel minime instructus, scriptorem nobis emendatiorem reddit, sive ingenio suo, sive paucorum librorum usu; quamvis vix triginta naevos sustulerit, centum relinquat, eum tamen nemo de bonis litteris bene mereri neget.