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" Must, full as much, some other way discount. The Hebrew, Chaldee, and the Syriac, Do, like their letters, set men's reason back, And turn their wits that strive to understand it (Like those that write the characters) lefthanded ; Yet he that is but able... "
The Edinburgh Magazine and Literary Miscellany - Side 53
1818
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Words on Words: Quotations about Language and Languages

David Crystal, Hilary Crystal - 2000 - 580 sider
...Samuel Butler (1612-80), 1670s, 'Satire upon the Imperfection and Abuse of Human Learning', I 12:11 For the more languages a man can speak, / His talent has but sprang the greater leak; / And for the industry h' has spent upon 't, / Must full as much some other...
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The Handbook of Bilingualism

Tej K. Bhatia, William C. Ritchie - 2006 - 884 sider
...not, in themselves, imply intellectual breadth - the latter pointing out, in one of his "satyrs," that "the more languages a man can speak, his talent has but sprung the greater leak.") I have already touched upon the more linguistically informed misgivings of Firth and Jespersen, and...
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The Christian Observatory, Bind 1

Alexander Wilson M'Clure - 1847
...into its present shape by that mighty man. who reformed all that he touched. It has been said, " That the more languages a man can speak, His talent has but sprung the greater leak." But never mind. Let them be learned, for all that ; For the more languages a man can read, The more...
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Satires and Miscellaneous Poetry and Prose

Samuel Butler, René Lamar
...more tru 55 And take their Aime much better then with two. For the more Languages a man can speake, His Talent has but sprung the Greater Leak: And for the Industry, H' has spent upon't, Must ful as much some other way Discount. 60 The Hebrew, Chalde, and the Syriac...
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