The Pursuit of Truth

Gilbert de Tournai in the 14th century: “Never will we find truth if we content ourselves with what is already known… Those things that have been written before us are not laws but guides. The truth is open to all, for it is not yet totally possessed.

Fra. Giordano in Florence in 1306: Not all the arts have been found; we shall never see an end to finding them. Every day one could discover a new art.”

Li Yen-chang in China around the same era, : If scholars are made to concentrate their attention solely on the classics and are prevented from sipping into study of the vulgar practices of later generations, then the empire will be fortunate indeed.”

From Rodney Stark’s Victory of REason

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