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Re: CHAT: Against stupidity

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Monday, September 23, 2002, 2:16
Quoting BP Jonsson <bpj@...>:

> At 13:35 2002-09-12 -0500, Thomas R. Wier wrote: > > >Of course. That they would have to deal with others' > >stupidity is how I immediately interpreted it, because > >IIRC Schiller never underwent the period of religious > >doubt and agnosticism that Goethe did. > > I find it noteworthy that he says "Götter" and not "God"!
I don't find that so important. No one asserts that someone using the phrase "By Jove!" is actually invoking the chief of the Roman pantheon. In Schiller's case, the main reason to believe he would be favorable towards religion is entirely external to this quote. (If I understand your comment aright, that is.) ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637