The god Thoth traveled to Thebes and offered King Thamus of Egypt the art of writing. He explained hieroglyphs and said that writing was the best remedy for poor people memory and feeble knowledge. The king refused the gift: "Memory? Knowledge? This invention will encourage forgetting. Knowledge resides in truth, not in its appearance. One cannot remember with the memory of another. Men will record but they won't recall. They will repeat, but they will not live. They will learn of many things, but they won't understand a thing.
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