On not knowing what’s good fer ya

“[N]ot everyone is mature enough to know what is of advantage to him…” (Hugh of St. Victor, Didascalicon 3.3)

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On teaching

“[T]eaching, moreover, begins with those things which are better known and, by acquainting us with these, works its way to matters which lie hidden.” (Hugh of St. Victor, Didascalicon 3.9)

What to read and how

“If you are not able to read everything, read those things which are more useful. Even if you should be able to read them all, however, you should not expend the same labor upon all. Some things are to be read that we may know them, but others that we may at least have heard of them…” (Hugh of St. Victor, Didascalicon 3.13)

Naming and knowing natures

“[A] man cannot come to know the natures of things if he is still ignorant of their names.” (Hugh of St. Victor, Didascalicon 6.3)

Evangelium Comercii

“Commerce penetrates the secret places of the world, approaches shores unseen, explores fearful wildernesses, and in tongues unknown and with barbaric peoples carries on the trade of mankind.” (Hugh of St. Victor, Didascalicon 2.23)