Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Ignorance is vacuity

Samuel Johnson:
Knowledge is certainly one of the means of pleasure, as is confessed by the natural desire every mind feels of increasing its ideas. Ignorance is mere privation, by which nothing can be produced; it is a vacuity in which the soul sits motionless and torpid for want of attraction; and, without knowing why, we always rejoice when we learn, and grieve when we forget, I am therefore inclined to conclude, that if nothing counteracts the natural consequences of learning, we grow more happy as our minds take a wider range.