Prof. J.J. O’Donnell, Avatars of the Word: From Papyrus to CyberspaceMy experience as a human being, not to mention my experience as a scholar, tells me that I cannot ever possibly imagine thinking that I have enough information. At no time in my life have I ever had enough time to get all the information I need, and I am wearily used to making compromises in pursuit of adequacy. That quality has nothing to do with the abundance of what is out there, and has everything to do with intellectual character and discipline. What is perceived as infoglut is mainly infoguilt—a sense that I should be seeking more.
Insomniac passing anhypnic nights in writing, translation, music, mathematics, programming and whatever else captures my attention or alleviates agrypnia.
This consists mostly of quotations of things that stand out to me or reflect what's on my mind; occasionally I also post original, often more personal, content as well, which may be found under the "personal" tag. Anything posted under "translations" is also original work and may broadly be taken as personal as well as I seldom tackle a work that does not speak to or for me in some way.
John Clare (1793–1864), Autobiography, chapter 8I always had a thirst after knowledge in everything & by that restless desire have only acquired a very superficial knowledge of many things that serves no other purpose than to make me feel my real ignorance of everything so much the more.
Abbot Lawrence Lowell (1856–1943), president of Harvard UniversityUniversities are full of knowledge; the freshmen bring a little in and the seniors take none away, and knowledge accumulates.
Churchill, May 12 1948, University of OsloNo technical knowledge can outweigh knowledge of the humanities.
Robert BrowningWho knows most, doubts most.
Bertrand RussellMathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true.