Site with references on learning. LO30030

From: AM de Lange (
Date: 04/02/03

Replying to LO30020 --

Dear Organlearners,

Glebe Stcherbina <> writes:

>If my High School memory serves me right, I recall that
>the father of English Literature, Geoffrey Chaucer
>(1343 -1400) once wrote;
>"Gladly wolde learne, gladly wolde teache."

Greetings dear Glebe,

Thank you for reminding us of Chaucer. He, like Dante, intrigues me.

I got from school the impression that in medieval times there were few
people of learning. What a wrong impression that was.

I often look up the etymology of an English word. Often i am surprised
that such a word was first written by Chaucer (or sometimes Wycliff). What
would English had been without its Chaucer? He succeeded in uniting its
Germanic and Romanic dimensions.

Chaucer's love for learning, like that of Dante, is a source of
inspiration to me. If i had the time, no, another life, and the literary
sources available to me, i would make excerpts of all great thinkers in
the past expressing their love for learning. It will be one of the means
which you refer to as:

>Those of us who are on a lifelong learning journey are
>helped by various means

You also write:

>In terms of the third line, thankfully I have self taught myself
>to do a lot of handy jobs around our marital home.

That is the spirit. Time is for the learner the rarest commodity.

With care and best wishes,


At de Lange <> Snailmail: A M de Lange Gold Fields Computer Centre Faculty of Science - University of Pretoria Pretoria 0001 - Rep of South Africa

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