Quotes: Wheresoever Is Learning, There Is Controversy


“The truth is, said she, wheresoever is learning, there is most commonly also controversy and quarreling; for there be always some that will know more, and be wiser than others; some think their arguments come nearer to truth, and are more rational than others; some are so wedded to their own opinions, that they never yield to reason; and others, though they find their opinions not firmly grounded upon reason, yet for fear of receiving some disgrace by altering them, will nevertheless maintain them against all sense and reason, which must needs breed factions in their schools, which at last break out into open wars, and draw sometimes an utter ruin upon a state or government.”

– Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, The Blazing World and Other Writings

There is nothing new under the sun, not even disagreements.

Cavendish, Margaret, Duchess of Newcastle. The Blazing World and Other Writings. Edited by Kate Lilley. London: Penguin, 2004 [originally published 1666; reprint with a new chronology and further reading], p. 202.

(This quote comes from my 21 new-to-me SFF authors reading project.)

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