Thursday, February 15, 2007

I have all sorts of great quotations

in my new academic book, many of my favorite ones are from the eighteenth century of course (sometimes I find these things that seem so perfect I almost think I've made them up--I'll post a sample or two over the next few weeks), but here's perhaps the best more recent one, from a very good essay by Roger Smith, "The Language of Human Nature," in Inventing Human Science: Eighteenth-Century Domains (1995): "Quoting references to human nature in the eighteenth century is a bit like quoting references to God in the Bible."

So true....

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