Monday, August 22, 2011

quote of the day

I've been involved in some odd research this summer as part of my dissertation, studying Harvard graduates from the 1700s. Lucky for me there is never a shortage of interesting quotes about these guys. Here's a clip from a Boston newspaper, quoted in Sibley's Harvard Graduates (Vol. 15):
Last Commencement Day a Number of the Disputants were led into what some think the good old Way, i.e. the Way of Blasphemy against God. They have a strange Proverb at College, viz. That 'tis no sin to tell Lies in Latin. So it seems to be looked on as no Sin there for God to be Blasphem'd, provided he is Blasphem'd only in Latin.
No words necessary for that one!

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