Because things are a little slow...
- I ran across this quote today and think it well worth sharing, as I think it
nicely summarizes the condition of all of us who spend our lives trying to
"see" (and it is as well a self justification for my occassional mention of
our predecessors here). I beg the forgiveness of those who think this
little note improper but still hope others of gentler nature will find it
"We are dwarfs perched on the shoulders of giants. Thus we see more things
than they did and farther than they did, not because our sight is sharper or
our height greater, but because they lift us into the sky and raise us up by
means of their gigantic stature" -- Bernard of Chartres, 12th Century.
Dr Jim West
Pastor, Petros Baptist Church
http://web.infoave.net/~jwest Biblical Studies Resources
"Was bedeutets, daß man viele Bücher macht und doch dem rechten Hauptbuch
immer fernbleibet? Trink doch vielmehr aus dem Brunnen selbst als aus den
Flüßlein, die dich zum Brunnen geleitet haben". -- Martin Luther
- There's a wonderful book that, in a humorous and scholarly way, traces the
saying back from Newton to Bernard:
Merton, Robert King
On the Shoulders of Giants: A Shandean Postscript (1965; new ed. 1985)
This same author, with Elinor Barber, wrote a second wonderful book, before
the above. After years sitting in a drawer it's finally in print:
The Travels and Adventures of Serendipity (Princeton UP, 2004). On
where "serendipity," the word, came from and how it has fared.
Quoting Jim West <jwest@...>:
> "We are dwarfs perched on the shoulders of giants. Thus we see more things
> than they did and farther than they did, not because our sight is sharper or
> our height greater, but because they lift us into the sky and raise us up by
> means of their gigantic stature" -- Bernard of Chartres, 12th Century.