Cedars of Lebanon: An 18th-Century Defender of the Faith
Look at the soul of man, and regard its workings, and you will see great and wonderful things. Take the most stupid of fools, and marvel at the fact that this man, whom we call a fool, is able to speak the language of his people. He carries in his memory the name of everything he knows, so that when he is speaking to his fellow he does not have to look for the word he needs. Instead, he speaks his speech trippingly on the tongue, just as the thoughts occur to him, for an hour or two without interruption.
Moreover, this fool knows a number of men, women, and children, and, if he wants to think of them, they stand up bodily before him in his imagination. He also knows all the streets of the city, and its pathways, several houses, and the number of rooms in every house, and the number of objects there are in every room. All this is fixed in his memory. And this is the story of the fool!
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