On abstract coolness


3 April 2007, 7.50 CET

We have in our republic of letters too many scholars whose abstract coolness is due largely to their lack of belief in what they have chosen to study, and I feel that the scholar cannot adequately portray what [she] does not love with all the fibers of [her] being (and even a ‘hating love’ would be better than indifference).

—Leo Spitzer, Classical and Christian Ideas of World Harmony. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1963. p. 4.