Socrates: ...not by wisdom do poets write poetry, but by a sort of genius and inspiration; they are like diviners or soothsayers who also say many fine things, but do not understand the meaning of them. And the poets appeared to me to be much in the same case; and I further observed that upon the strength of their poetry they believed themselves to be the wisest of men in other things in which they were not wise.
Monday, February 07, 2005
The Ancient Greeks Couldn't Stand Barbra Streisand, Either
From Apology (a dialogue in the series The Trial and Death of Socrates, by Plato):