The Proper Study

‘Johannes Speyer – who despite a lifetime of reading never thought himself well read enough to interpret anything with confidence – summed this predicament up nicely when he responded to a journalist’s quip suggesting that he had never had more than two ideas in his life. ‘Two ideas!’ exclaimed the professor – ‘I should be so lucky!’ Speyer’s celebrated Huxley misquotation (‘the proper study of mankind is a book’) plays on the same thought…’

(from Lasse Huwam’s review of Y Yippo’s Why the Fig Leaves Fall)

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