Saturday, January 29, 2011

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From the "waste books" of Georg Christoph Lichtenberg:
The detection of small errors has always been the property of minds elevated little or not at all above the mediocre; notably elevated minds remain silent or say something only in criticism of the whole, while the great spirits refrain from censuring and only create.

Mark Twin, in 1893:
In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made proof-readers.

On the other hand, Rabbi Akiba (Talmud: Pesahim, 112a) said:
When you teach your son, use a carefully edited text.


Jjd said...

Why do I have this feeling that you wrote 'Mark Twin' in order to see if anyone would point out this error thus exposing themselves as having a mediocre mind?

ReadDanceBliss said...

I love you, Jim... for thinking I'm that clever.