I have, alas, studied philosophy,
Jurisprudence and medicine, too,
And, worst of all, theology
With keen endeavor, through and through —
And here I am, for all my lore,
The wretched fool I was before.
Called Master of Arts, and Doctor to boot,
For ten years almost I confute
And up and down, wherever it goes,
I drag my students by the nose —
And see that for all our science and art
We can know nothing. It burns my heart.

— Goethe’s Faust,
trans. Walter Kaufmann

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