21 Jun 2016

The ability to quote is overrated

Do not over value the ability to quote. I’d rather place value on the ability to reason and devise and making do with whatever is within one’s powers within particular circumstances.
It is a poor measure indeed, if a mark of a learned person is reduced to the ability to quote. In that case, anyone of reasonable intelligence, even if one has never been exposed to intellectual pursuits, can be given a set of impressive sounding quotations, commit them to memory and quote them at will in particular social situations. In a world of superficial measures, that person can easily sound learned and important.