Quotation by Samuel Butler

In his latest article (Feb. 1892) Prof. Garner says that the chatter of monkeys is not meaningless but that they are conveying ideas to one another. This seems to me hazardous. The monkeys might with equal justice conclude that in our magazine articles or literary criticisms, we are not chattering idly but are conveying ideas to one another.
Samuel Butler (1835–1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 248, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
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