Author Topic: ---- It is on this rock that so many clever people split.  (Read 53 times)

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---- It is on this rock that so many clever people split.
« on: March 15, 2019, 03:24:58 am »
Perhaps his main strength lay in the fact that though his capacity was a little above the average, it was not too much so.  It is on this rock that so many clever people split.  The successful man will see just so much more than his neighbours as they will be able to see too when it is shown them, but not enough to puzzle them.  It is far safer to know too little than too much.  People will condemn the one, though they will resent being called upon to exert themselves to follow the other.  (from THE WAY OF ALL FLESH, by Samuel Butler; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain "It is on this rock that so many clever people split".
Please explain what "the one" and "the other" point to.

Thanks.  --- tk

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Re: ---- It is on this rock that so many clever people split.
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2019, 10:39:51 am »
No - I think it refers back to the consideration of oneself as fortunate or unfortunate.
The lack of knowledge and the "being-shown" the knowledge that was lacking.
I think!
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Re: ---- It is on this rock that so many clever people split.
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2019, 03:51:11 am »
Thanks, Duncan.

So "It is on this rock that so many clever people split" seems to mean "It is on this point that so many clever people become different from the rest", right?  Then why "rock"?  Thanks again.  --- tk

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Re: ---- It is on this rock that so many clever people split.
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2019, 10:21:49 am »
Yes. Rock is just a traditional place where things get split or broken.
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