Quote du Jour

Despite taking a vow of blog silence, I have been wandering (offline) in Robert Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy (etext here) tonight, and, like usual, couldn’t resist sharing an excerpt of Burton on the causes of melancholy among scholars:

Two main reasons may be given of it, why students should be more subject to [melancholy] than others. The one is, they live a sedentary, solitary life, sibi et musis, free from bodily exercise, and those ordinary disports which other men use: and many times if discontent and idleness concur with it, which is too frequent, they are precipitated into this gulf on a sudden: but the common cause is overmuch study; too much learning (as Festus told Paul) hath made thee mad …

Too much learning hath made thee mad. I love Burton.

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