In learning… a man can only be a master in one particular field, namely, as a specialist, and in some field he should be a specialist. But if he is not to forfeit his capacity for taking a general view, or even his respect for general views, he should be an amateur at as many points as possible, privately at any rate, for the increase of his own knowledge and the enrichment of his possible standpoints. Otherwise, he will remain ignorant in any field lying outside his own specialty and perhaps, as a man, a barbarian.

Jacob Burckhardt, Reflections on History

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