Jerome’s Advice to Dilettantes

jeromeIt is no small gain to know your own ignorance. It is a man’s wisdom to know his own measure, that he may not be led away at the instigation of the devil to make the whole world a witness of his incapacity.   … For my own part as a Christian speaking to a Christian I beseech you my brother not to pretend to know more than you do, lest your pen may proclaim your innocence and simplicity, or at any rate those qualities of which I say nothing but which, though you do not see them in yourself others see in you. For then you will give everyone reason to laugh at your folly. — St Jerome

6 thoughts on “Jerome’s Advice to Dilettantes

  1. Jona Lendering 20 Feb 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Is there a reference?


    • Jim 20 Feb 2016 at 6:05 pm

      of course there is. i didn’t just make it up

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      • Jona Lendering 21 Feb 2016 at 2:59 am

        Ah, Letter 61.3


        • Jim 21 Feb 2016 at 7:48 am



          • kareltjeklimt 21 Feb 2016 at 10:03 am

            Lovely painting, btw. It’s by Colantonio, but it looks almost Flemish.


  2. Joe Zias 21 Feb 2021 at 7:40 am

    Jim, I dunno know, someone once said ‘anthropology is the last refuge of the dilettante’ Jerome and I gotta have a talk, he rests not far from me as I take it as a compliment in that were not one a trick dawg. . 🙂


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