Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Worse than Parthian liars!

If he knows nothing of sailing, a man avoids the helm;
no one risks giving wormwood to a patient, unless he's trained;
doctors doctor; carpenters handle carpenters' tools;
but qualified or not we all go in for scribbling verses!

-- Horace, Epistles, II.i [tr. Niall Rudd]

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