In my second year of studies at the University of Calgary, and within a class on the early renaissance I came across a passage which stated: "This age of ours consequently has let fall, bit by bit, some of the richest and sweetest fruits that the tree of knowledge has yielded; has thrown away the results of the vigils and labours of the most illustrious men of genius, things of more value, I am almost tempted to say, than anything else in the whole world". Mentioned only in passing and forgotten by all others moments later, it has stuck with me ever since.
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