Nov 27, 2006

The Quote Shelf

book shelf A frequent feature on this site; feel free to comment on the quote or to supply a competing quote.

People often say that I'm curious about too many things at once... But can you really forbid a man from harboring a desire to know and embrace everything that surrounds him?
--Alexander von Humboldt


microdot said...

Too many things all at the same time and each one is fascinating. How do we get anything done?
I'm 56 and I still can't figure that one out!

Anonymous said...

I sit just a few blocks north of Chicago's Humboldt Park...don't know that I've ever seen a quote of this fellows, though I do like the statue the Chicago Park District has up in his honor.

As a dilettante I take comfort in this quote -- so many fascinating aspects of this life we lead. I'm always pulled in multiple directions.

Moving to the Glass City in '07 ... mayhaps our paths shall cross.



Maria said...

Right, right...Alexander van Humboldt was one of J.S. Mill's greatest influences.