Thus when Eliza filld Britannias throne, What arts, what learning was not then our own? Then sinewd genius strong and nervous rose In Spensers numbers, and in Raleighs prose; On Bacons lips then every science hung, And Nature spoke from her own Shakespeares tongue. Lloyd.Prologue, 1761.
A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring: There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, And drinking largely sobers us again. Pope.On Criticism, Part II. Line 215.
1. Suppose we put a tax upon learning. 2. Learning, it is true, is a useless commodity, but I think we had better lay it on ignorance; for learning being the property but of a very few, and those poor ones too, I am afraid we can get little among them; whereas ignorance will take in most of the great fortunes in the kingdom. Fielding.The Historical Register for 1736, Act I. Scene 1.