12 December 2005

Monday Quote Frenzy - Classic Chides for Bloggers

Milton, in Areopagitica, is disdainful of the arguments left half composed, unpublished:
I can not praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race, where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat.

And Hamlet (Act IV, Scene IV) agrees that we should not avoid intellectual engagement with the world:
Sure he that made us with such large discourse,
Looking before and after, gave us not
That capability and god-like reason
To fust in us unus’d.


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