Sunday, November 17, 2013

he who is falsely learned, and has by degrees lost his reason when he thought to improve it, has purchased his stupidity at too dear a rate ever to renounce it.

"Man is born ignorant; he is not born a fool; and it is not even without labour that he is made one." - Helvetius, "A Treatise on Man: His Intellectual Faculties and His Education" (usually attributed to Benjamin Franklin in the following form: "We are all born ignorant but one must work hard to remain stupid.")
Sandwichman said in reply to Sandwichman...
"The man who knows nothing may learn; it is only requisite to excite in him the desire of knowledge. But he who is falsely learned, and has by degrees lost his reason when he thought to improve it, has purchased his stupidity at too dear a rate ever to renounce it."
DrDick said in reply to Sandwichman...
As my homeboy, Will Rogers, so aptly put it, "It isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble, it's what we know that ain't so.”

Sandwichman said in reply to DrDick...
Ha, ha, ha! You know about that one, then? Will Rogers or Mark Twain or Frank "Kin" Hubbard or Josh Billings or Artemus Ward...
BRIEFING; What Folks Don't Know
By James F. Clarity and Warren Weaver Jr.
New York Times
October 18, 1984
"Various suggestions of authorship emerged after it was reported here that research at the archives of the Will Rogers Memorial, at Claremore, Okla., and elsewhere, could not affirm that Rogers ever said anything resembling what Mr. Mondale attributes to him. The research has continued, and the Library of Congress reports it is still unable to nail down the source. One suggestion says the author is Artemus Ward, a 19th-century American humorist, who supposedly wrote, ''It's not so much what folks don't know that causes problems, it's what they do know that ain't so.'' Others cite Josh Billings, also a 19th-century American humorist, who apparently said it several ways. One of them: ''It is better to know nothing than to know what ain't so.'' Still another attribution is to Frank Hubbard, said to be a 20th century American journalist, who wrote '' 'Taint what a man don't know that hurts him; it's what he knows that just ain't so.'' All of which could lead to the conclusion that it's not so much what was said, as who ain't going to get credit for saying it in the first place."

1 comment:

  1. I live in Oklahoma, and I just don't know anymore.

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