HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

October 1, 2007
Wisdom from Polonius


Friedrich Nietzsche

Can an ass be tragic? - To perish under a burden that one can neither bear nor cast off? The case of the philosopher.


George Eliot

An ass may bray a good while before he shakes the stars down.


Medieval English Proverb

An illiterate king is a crowned ass.


Chinese Proverb

To raise a son without learning is raising an ass; to raise a daughter without learning is raising a pig.


Mark Twain

The gentle reader will never, never know what a consummate ass he can become, until he goes abroad.


And last, a quote referring to a totally different "ass"


George V. Higgins

Politics is a choice of enemas. You’re gonna get it up the ass, no matter what you do.


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