Wednesday, February 10, 2010

quoth the madman

"As they come swimming along on the sea of time, men, great and small, are slowly dried in the fire of pedagogic necessity, rubbed with the salt of old prejudice, and then, when they lie pressed close together in the great prison of a form of state, this fearful pressure produces a savoury broth, which is called the spirit of the age. The same procedure is applied to herrings, but only when they are already dead."
-Friedrich Schleiermacher, Various Thoughts and Ideas I (1796-1799)