” . . . that most powerful engine of ignorance, the diffusion of printed matter . . . ” – – Leo Tolstoy

I came upon this quote yesterday in “War and Peace,” in Chapter VIII of the Second Epilogue.  Here is the quote in context:

“Only in our self-confident day of the popularization of knowledge – – thanks to that most powerful engine of ignorance, the diffusion of printed matter – – has the question of freedom of will been put on a level on which the question itself cannot exist.”

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