Of true knowledge at any time, a good part is merely convenient, necessary indeed to the worker, but not to an understanding of his subject: One can judge a building without knowing where to buy the bricks; one can understand a violin sonata without knowing how to score for the instrument. The work may in fact be better understood without a knowledge of the details of its manufacture, of attention to these tends to distract from meaning and effect.
In any assembly, the simplest way to stop the transacting of business and split the ranks is to appeal to a principle.
Except among those whose education has been in the minimalist style, it is understood that hasty moral judgments about the past are a form of injustice.
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