[Ads-l] Quote: I am that civilization you are fighting for. (April 20, 1914)

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 11 16:57:21 UTC 2015


Ezra Pound wrote afterward that ten million died for a "botched
civilization," including a bunch of useless books and statuary.

So, according to Ezra, the laugh was on them.

JL

On Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 11:26 AM, ADSGarson O'Toole <
adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:

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> Subject:      Re: Quote: I am that civilization you are fighting for.
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>               20, 1914)
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> Geoff: Thanks for your kind words. Your anecdote about the war effort
> and Oxford during WWI is great. I have not been able to trace it yet,
> but I will do my part in the grand enterprise to acquire and
> disseminate knowledge by "searching and typing, mostly".
> Garson
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> On Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 1:15 AM, Geoffrey Nunberg
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> > This is lovely and surely definitive, Garson. I=E2=80=99ve heard another
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> > version, though, which I think goes more honestly to the academic heart =
> > of things. The questioner is an enterprising young Fleet Street reporter
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> > who goes to Oxford during WWI to find out what the university is doing =
> > for the war effort. He asks the question of some famous classicist
> =E2=80=94=
> >  Gilbert Murray, I think =E2=80=94 and receives the answer,
> =E2=80=9CReadi=
> > ng, mostly."
> >
> > Geoff
> >>=20
> >>=20
> >> From: ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM>
> >> Subject: Re: Quote: I am that civilization you are fighting for. =
> > (April 20, 1914)
> >> Date: November 10, 2015 at 8:42:22 AM PST
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> >> Back in April 2013 I posted to the list about the topic in the subject
> >> line. After a brief delay of only two and a half years an entry is now
> >> available on the QI website. List member Dan Nussbaum was
> >> acknowledged:
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> >> I Am the Civilization You Are Fighting For
> >> http://quoteinvestigator.com/2015/11/09/i-am/
> >>=20
> >> Feedback welcome, Garson
> >>=20
> >>=20
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