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too much to be known

“Certum est,” I murmured, “quia impossibile est.”
“What’s that?” the young man asked. He did not know Latin. But, then, he might say, those who know Latin do not know the language of computers. We all know, relatively, less and less, in this world where there is too much to be known, and too little hope of its adding up to anything.
” ‘It is certain,’ I translated, ” ‘because it is impossible.’ Tertullian.”‘

– John Updike, ROGER’S VERSION. I haven’t been able to get myself to return this book to the library. It’s too good.