Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Too clever by half


"Nihil sapientiae odiosius acumine nimio." (Nothing is more hateful to wisdom than excessive cleverness.) Petrarch (not as Poe thought Seneca).

People who are clever are never forgiven in England. In Romania brains are respected overmuch - or at least knowledge.

Tony Benn: I want to lose the stigma of being an intellectual. 

Anthony Crosland: You first have to acquire it.

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