Artwork in the Corridor to the South Reading Room
Quotation and Fountain
A Little Learning is
A Dangerous Thing. Drink Deep
Or Taste Not, the Pierian Spring
This quotation is from Alexander Pope’s “A Little Learning” and it means that a little learning both excites and stupefies us, while extensive learning or “drinking deeply” makes us sober and wise.
The fountain once worked, but the plumbing was removed years ago.