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13:17 Dec 11, 2003
French to English translations [PRO]
Medical
French term or phrase: "Une connaissance limitée est dangereuse...ne goûtez pas à la source du savoir."
I am looking for the original quotation by W.G. Sutherland from the book "Teachings in the Science of Osteopathy"
(limited knowledge is dangerous ?)
Gabrielle Leyden
Belgium
Local time: 17:22
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Summary of answers provided
5 +4Socrates saidxxxBourth
4 +1A little knowledge is a dangerous thing....John Peterson


  

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4 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing....


Explanation:
Don't know if that is the quotation in the book, but it is a common expression. (Fountain of Knowledge, for the second bit is also common.)

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Note added at 2003-12-11 13:33:04 (GMT)
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Alexander Pope\'s Essay on Criticism has \"A little learning is a dangerous thing...\" This is full of aphorisms that have become part of everyday use, so Sutherland may be quoting from it.

John Peterson
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Inspired by Pope but looking for original

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agree  ZIL
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Comment: Inspired by Pope but looking for original

31 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +4
Socrates said


Explanation:
<<A little knowledge is a dangerous thing,
Drink deep or partake not of the Pierian Spring.
A little knowledge intoxicates the brain,
While drinking largely sobers us again.>>

Clever man, Socrates, writing verse in English like that!

xxxBourth
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inspiration, but I need Sutherland's words!

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agree  John Peterson: to say nothing of his footballing skills
2 mins
  -> Sounds like eight-a-side football in America, maybe (8 letters)

agree  xxxsarahl
7 mins

neutral  Richard Benham: Word for word as I remember it, but I think it's Pope!
1 hr
  -> Pope translated Greek. If he didn't translate Socrates, he must have plagiarized! If it wasn't Socrates, it must have been Confucius.

agree  louisajay: Richard that hardly merits a "neutral"! This is the one
1 hr
  -> Don't worry. As a Kiwi, I expect no better of an Aussie ;-)

agree  gad
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Comment: inspiration, but I need Sutherland's words!




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