Thursday, May 28, 2009

Bernanos on Imbeciles

“Experience has long since shown me that imbeciles are never simple and only rarely ignorant. Should the intellectual, then, by definition be suspect? For sure! When I say ‘intellectual’, I mean the person who gives himself this title by virtue of his accumulated knowledge and degrees. I am obviously not speaking of the scientist, the artist, or the writer, whose vocation it is to create and for whom intelligence is not a profession but a vocation. … The intellectual is so frequently an imbecile that we should always take him to be such until he has proved to us the contrary.”
La France contre les robots pg 181-182

“To be informed about everything and hence condemned to understand nothing: such is the fate of the imbeciles.”
La France contre les robots pg 205

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