A great scholar is seldom a great philosopher.
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- The philosopher must station themselves in the middle.
- What chance gathers she easily scatters. A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.
- A mere scholar, a mere ass.
- And let a scholar all earth’s volumes carry, he will be but a walking dictionary: a mere articulate clock.
- People often become scholars for the same reason they become soldiers: simply because they are unfit for any other station. Their right hand has to earn them a livelihood; one might say they lie down like bears in winter and seek sustenance from their paws.
- One cannot demand of a scholar that he show himself a scholar everywhere in society, but the whole tenor of his behavior must none the less betray the thinker, he must always be instructive, his way of judging a thing must even in the smallest matters be such that people can see what it will amount to when, quietly and self-collected, he puts this power to scholarly use.