not so great expectations
What am I then? I am a fellow who never quits school, and not even that, but a backwoodsman who is roaming around through the lofty beech trees all alone, humming to himself some silly little tune, and—the very peak of presumption and assurance—dipping his shaky pen into his inkstand while sitting under a bitter laurel tree. I am not so fortunate in what I achieve as passionate in my work, being much more a lover of learning than a man who has got much of it. I am not so very eager to belong to a school of thought; I am striving for truth.
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Francesco Petrarca

(I have been reading Renaissance philosophy all week for my essay on the sources and contribution of humanism in early modern Europe. I must say that I am quite taken by the humanist idea of knowledge as virtue. I should like to strive for truth)

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