Wednesday, January 28, 2009
From Miscellanies, by Augustine Birrell
A NOTE ON WIT
"It is given but to half a dozen men in a century really to teach their grown-up contemporaries, whilst to inflame them by oratory is happily the province of a very few, but to bore them well nigh to extinction is within the scope of most men's powers."
From Is it Possible to Tell a Good Book from a Bad One?