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A little learning

Posted by ESC on October 19, 2004

In Reply to: Proverbs posted by TheFallen on October 19, 2004

: : : Oner of the most commonly misquoted proverbs is "a little learning is a dangerous thing". You seem to have bren unable to avoid the error. Regards

: : "A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.", from Alexander Pope's Essay on Criticism - source the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. Good enough for me.

: I think that the original poster's terse yet tragically incorrect accusation rather proves the point that a little learning is indeed a dangerous thing.

LITTLE LEARNING IS A DANGEROUS THING, A - "The English poet Alexander Pope rendered this saying in the current form in a line from 'An Essay on Criticism' ." From "Wise Words and Wives' Tales: The Origins, Meanings and Time-Honored Wisdom of Proverbs and Folk Sayings Olde and New" by Stuart Flexner and Doris Flexner (Avon Books, New York, 1993).