Monday, February 18, 2008

The more things change, the more they stay the same

From the Quotation of the day mailing list:

"Il y a plus affaire a interpreter les interpretations, qu'a interpreter les choses, et plus de livres sur les livres, que sur autre subject: nous ne faisons que nous entregloser. Tout fourmille de commentaires : d'autheurs, il en est grand cherte."
- Michel de Montaigne, Essais III 13 (published in 1588)

[The submitter's translation: "There's more activity interpreting interpretations than interpreting facts, and more books about books than on any other subject: all we do is footnote one another. Everything is teeming with commentaries: there's a great shortage of authors."]

I wonder what he would think of blogs, where so many posts are links to other posts with brief commentary.

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1 comment:

Mrs. C said...

Ah, good post! I've linked it to my blog with a short commentary of my own.

(Just kidding! It was a good post, though.)