by authorameai

“There is no new thing under the sun”
—Ecclesiastes 1:9

“It is impossible to overlook the fact that the King James translators did not begin to translate with blank sheets of paper in front of them. They stood in a long line of translators, and were conscious that their task would be influenced considerably—perhaps more than they cared to admit—by the English translations already in circulation…. Lying behind this is an attitude toward wisdom that has largely been lost in the modern period. Writers of the Renaissance were conscious of standing within a stream of cultural and intellectual achievement, from which they benefited and to which they were called to contribute. The wisdom of the past was to be appropriated in the
present.” (McGrath 176)

“We are like dwarves sitting on the shoulders of giants. We see more, and things that are more distant, than they did, not because our sight is superior or because we are taller than they, but because they raise us up, and by their great stature add to ours.”
—John of Salisbury, 12th century writer

“Customs were very different during the 1st century CE; copying was quite a common practice and not considered unethical.” (Robinson)

The reason why the greatest written literature is usually based on an ancient oral tradition is because writers have chosen to preserve wisdom from those who have gone before them. I do the same, because though wisdom in its purest form never changes, the way of expressing it changes as quickly as a dynamic language changes. I have put quotes in contexts that the author may never have intended, in order to jar the mind with a new way of thinking. Keep in mind that the way I quote is not in the intention of the creator of the quote necessarily, it is only to use their thoughts to illustrate my own. I altered the meaning to suit me, as does everyone in e’s own mind. Masterpieces are created from compilation. The King James Version of The Bible was a compilation of other biblical translations of that day. My book is a compilation of great works in relation to my actual daily life. I used extensive quotes because one cannot expect a common citizen to have access to everything I have ever read. Some quotes are not as trustworthy as the others, but this is not a research paper; this is how I have made sense of the world. Also, due to the way society looks down upon certain things (censorship), I was unable to find any “scholarly” works concerning the things that accurately influenced my life, so I was therefore required to cite “non-scholarly” Internet sites.