Who can tell whether learning may not even weaken invention in a man that has great advantages from nature and birth; whether the weight and number of so many men’s thoughts and actions may not suppress his own or hinder the motion and agitation of them, from which all invention arises; as heaping on wood, or too many sticks, or too close together, suppresses, and sometimes quite extinguishes a little spark, that would otherwise have grown up to a noble flame.
– Sir William Temple

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