Friday, March 5, 2010

Sixteenth Century Quote of the Week

"[I]l est assez, voyre trop de volumes
Tant d'imprimez que d'escriptz par les
Et que plus font de livres que lecteurs,
Plus de lecteurs, que vertueux facteurs,
Plus d'escripvains & plus de bien disantz,
Que d'auditeurs & que de bien faisantz,
Cella pensant ma main qui estoit preste
Pour commencer à escrire, s'arreste..."

"There are enough, nay, too many tomes
Printed as well as penned by quill,
There are more books than readers,
More readers than virtuous makers,
More writers and silver-tongued speakers
Than listeners and doers of good.
Thinking this, my hand which was ready
To begin to write, stopped..."

Gilles Corrozet (1510-1568), writer and publisher

[Translation mine]


P. M. Doolan said...

Hi Julianne,
I enjoy your passion for the 16th century, but I have noticed that you do not have a posting on the wonderfully weird Paracelsus - one of my personal favourite 16th century characters. I have just written an article about him and posted it on my blog, if you care to have a look.

Julianne Douglas said...
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Julianne Douglas said...

Great article, P. M. Of course I've heard Paracelcus referred to many times, but didn't know anything about him, especially his link with the great publisher Froben. Thanks for sharing your article. I'll have to find a Paracelcus quotation (email me if you have a good one!)

Here is the link to P.M. Doolan's post: