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and in learning and in the rudiments of letters he would have made great proficience, if he had not been so variable and unstable, for he set himself to learn many things, and then, after having begun them, abandoned them.
8) The Twoo Bookes of the Proficience and Advancement of Learning, facsimile of the 1605 edn (Amsterdam and New York, 1970), Book II, 112.